Steve's 12 month IA to Iraq travel blog

Getting ready to head back to the IZ in the Blackhawk

The weather turned nasty, and we were forced to wait ... um...

All the blackhawk's got grounded due to the weather, but we DID...


On the way back from Al Asad, we made back as far as Balad before the weather turned sour. High winds were kicking up dust and the Blackhawks that were starting to fly (like the one we actually were able to get on!) had to turn around about a third of the way there because of reduced visability.

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So we waited ...

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... and waited ...

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... and RIGHT before the helo air flight schedulers pulled us back into the terminal and told us to come back in the morning, the very resourceful guys I was with, talked our little group's way onto a CH-53.

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Cool! Another airframe I've rode in to check off will I'm in country!

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There was only one slight glitch. Although we THOUGHT we were heading back to the IZ (... I think the actual quote was "No problem, although not on our planned drops, we'll set down, get you guys home, and be on our way" ...) we actually got dropped off about 20km to the NORTH of the IZ.

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Although at the time we got dropped out the back of the helicopter, waved to our newly found Marine buddies as they took back off, looked around and saw nothing but dark streets, a pack of dogs and a sign off in the distance ... we really did not know WHERE we were.

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So we walked up to the sign that stated: "US Checkpoint" with an arrow pointing to our left ... an arrow pointing somewhere else ...

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Not a "You are now safely within Coalition boundaries ... GOOD JOB!" sign, but rather a pointed "Pssst! Quick Dummies! Run over to that other area!" sign.

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Needless to say we calmly, but quickly, strolled a couple blocks over to the slightly bemused and amazed US Checkpoint Sentry. Got a room for the remainder of the night (only a few more hours by this time), and was able to (yet again! Grin!) talk our way onto a bona fide US Military convey heading down from the FOB back into the IZ.

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Never a dull moment, eh?



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