I have no idea how many people read this weblog. I know that my family and many of my friends do. I know that a few folks from my own unit read it. I am discovering that there are a number of people who have friends and/or family serving here in Camp Spearhead who read this blog because it helps them feel connected to their loved one. Regular readers will remember the story about The Groom and The Bride. It’s pretty exciting to play a part in two people reaching out and touching each other from opposite ends of the world.
Today I was picking up my laundry I noticed a uniform name tag and the name seemed familiar. Finally I asked, “what’s your rate?” Ding, ding, ding. Hey, your husband reads my blog. He posted a message in which he asked me to say hi to you. As finished getting our laundry and walked back in the direction of the tents together. I told her about my blog. She told me about a school she had left behind to come over here. We talked very briefly about home and being here. It was fun to connect two people.
The weather is heating up. The Black Flag flies pretty much every afternoon now. Black Flag means that measures are required to protect personnel from heat related injuries. The flag system has 5 colors; white, green, yellow, red and black. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really know what is required for anything but black. When the Black Flag is flying physical training (running or working out) is prohibited, those who must work should take 50 minutes off after every 10 minutes of work. We’ve had a number of heat related injuries in the past few days. The risk will increase as the tempurature continues to rise. The heat isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. We hitting the 100+ range every day now.
There was an announcement of a carbon monoxide leak south of the camp today. This is the first time I’ve heard them announce the fact. The announcement told everyone to take shelter in place in our tents. Hum? OK. I was reading in the mall so I went inside the coffee shop and ‘took shelter’ there. Never did hear an all clear.
I think the greatest risk here in Camp Spearhead is the heat and all the crap that the various industries pump into the air here. Doesn’t seem all that bad to me but I grew up in the Los Angeles area where we’re pretty sure that air isn’t healthy unless you can see it.