Steve's 12 month IA to Iraq travel blog

Found the 'secret' Iraqi Air Force!! (grin!)

Just thought this was a pretty sunset ... haven't seen too many...

The Al Asad site Visit group ... 3 Navy, 2 Army, 2...

Standing next to "Abraham's Oasis" ... it was quite the peaceful place...


My trip up to Al Asad was yet another wonderful experience on in-country transportation ... let me remind everyone we have been doing this for a few years now, right?

It goes something like this:

S: I'm here with my group for our flight to Al Asad. Wanted to check in ...

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What's your name sir?

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S: Tomlin ... Stephen Tomlin.

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Last 4?

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S: (I give her my last 4 of my SSN)

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Where are you going?

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S: Al Asad

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Today?

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S: Um. Yep ...

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Were you manifested on this flight?

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S: Yes, I was manifested a few days ago ...

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A couple days ago?

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S: That's right.

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Are you sure?

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S: Nope ... I'm beginning to think not now ...

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What was you name?

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S: Batman.

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Excuse me?

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S: Sorry, Stephen Tomlin.

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Wait! Okay, here you are ... Oh!

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S: "Oh!" What?!?

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You were supposed to be here two hours ago. The flight has already left ...

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S: The flight has already ... ??!? ... it's 7 o'clock in the morning?!

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Yes sir.

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S: The flight left at ... what ... 5 this morning?

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No sir. It wont leave until 0915.

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S: ... ... ...

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Do you want me to manifest you on the next flight?

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S: Is the flight that is leaving in a couple hours still here?

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Of course sir.

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S: ... ... ...

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Can I help you with something else?

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S: Why can't I get on the flight that is still here, that I am signed up to take, that has not left yet??

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You aren't on that manifest.

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S: What are you checking? Which flight?

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Hold on ... Ahhh!

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S: Is that a good "Ahhh!" or a bad "Ahhh!"

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Might be good. Are you traveling with a group?

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S: Yes ... there are 4 of us.

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What was your name?

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S: Ripper ... I go by Jack.

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I'm sorry?

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S: Tomlin, plus three others. Sorry for mumbling ...

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Yes. I've found you for this flight, but you need to hurry for the flight in-brief! You needed to get the in-brief an hour ago! You can't go if you do not get the in-brief!

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S: Good grief no. Who gives us this important piece of advice?

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He's right behind you with the yellow vest.

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S: Great got it. Thanks ... [walking over to the bored looking guy in the yellow vest]

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... ... ...

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S: You the guy that gives us the flight in-brief?

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Yep.

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S: ... ... ...

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S: Anything important we need to worry about today? Random surface-to-air missiles? Oxygen masks? Are we manning the plane's gun turrets??

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You got hearing protection?

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S: Um. What? Oh, right sorry ... couldn't hear you ... had my big bright yellow hearing protection plugs jammed into my ears ... ... Check!

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Good to go ... will be boarding in a couple hours ...

Close to an hour later we ALMOST go through the same exact conversation at the desk (new shift had come in!)

Although I make light of this, I can honestly say we have had almost no problems flying (once in the air). So, for what it's worth, all the C-130 flights still got a good record going. So far so good!!

The pictures I have added show some of the Al Asad Air Base, west of Baghdad in the Al Anbar province. Another very cool sight was going to Abraham's Oasis. This was supposedly a stopping point of the then Abram and family on the way to the promised land from Ur. Very cool ...



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