My office is moving back to Kuwait and I can’t tell you what a relief that will be to leave Afghanistan. It’s my birthday and it’s the best news to celebrate and be happy about. We had three situations that happened in Kabul city and other Afghan bombings….you can find details on news site. I really like what I do in Afghanistan, but right now tension are high with the insurgents and I need say I won’t miss that part of my job.
Some of you may remember a story told months ago about briefing General Stein on my mission to manage logistics in theater pertaining to specific interests of his. The meeting ended well, winning his approval, along with acolytes for my Colonel. The General wanted us to stay in Afghanistan and continue to manage and watch over his interests. That being said, colleague’s lightheartedly called me a “rock star” for having a successful brief, and they not having to speak a word. Staying in Afghanistan is real important for Active Duty Officers and my Colonel, specifically speaking, it enhances their careers. It was a victory for the home town team and more importantly, me as a Reservists. This situation recently changed, we leave Afghanistan and will be stationed in Kuwait. The explanation for this change is simple; We weren’t dropping our numbers in Afghanistan quick enough to get to 34K by Feb 2014 as outlined last January by the Commander and Chief. Some difficult decision had to be made by the Generals, a 3 star got involved trumping a 2 Star. The 3 star downsized our Force Management numbers and is pushing us back to Kuwait. ARCENT, whom I’ve been working for, owns kuwait and is we’re the ARCENT staff is located. I will join 1,200 ARCENT people in Kuwait.. In Afghanistan there were only a handful of us ARCENT folks working here and I was one of them. Starting next week, I will be doing the same job as I was doing just from a different country.
Not sure how this will read grammatically but it’s 2AM…must go to sleep.
I will have a New Mailing Address and will post as soon as I know. It will be Arifjan, Kuwait…known to us here in Afghanistan as Camp Cupcake. The only shortfall to moving to Kuwait is temperatures are pathetically HOT. That being said, Happy, Happy, very happy About leaving.