Depending on the day, I either hate being here or enjoy it, and the work we are doing. Days when people die really suck, so far the Army guys we are here with have lost two guys and our local engineer’s brother was murdered by the Taliban. Good days usually involve trips to schools and seeing happy kids, just being kids even in the middle of a war.
However, good or bad this deployment has given me an opportunity to do some things that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to do. Some aren’t so good, like 4 hour long convoys over the mountains of Afghanistan. I will never complain about a long car trip again. Some are good, like working on engineering projects that a Civil Engineer wouldn’t normally work on. Most notably is the combined solar and wind power plant designs that I have been working on with the Paktya Director of Power. Meeting local Afghans has been another positive outcome of being here. Whether it’s our local engineer, other locals that work on the FOB, or the contractors that build our projects, each of them has helped to give me a little better world view.
Good or bad they are all opportunities to learn something new, meet new people, or just appreciate a simple car ride a little more.
Thank you and God Bless.