Four days after I arrived, the boss asked for volunteers to go to a small forward operating base (FOB) in the mountains to fill in for 2 of our guys going on R&R. And silence fell across the land. So I jumped at the opportunity with all of four days on the job.
I was helicoptered out to the FOB the next day. Since then I have been working my tukas off installing a retrofit to the vehicle that... REDACTED FOR SECURITY PURPOSES... it's really pretty neat. But the best part has been working with the Soldiers here. Most Americans support the troops in whatever way they can. I'm fortunate to have this opportunity to so directly support them.