Well, managed to get everything done. Got everything packed, or nearly (I was missing my beautiful and talented wife every minute I was packing). I got the car returned. And I was even able to go out to dinner with several guys from the unit. We went to Fat City Steakhouse. It was very good.

Tomorrow will be the demarkation line between the end of one adventure and the beginning of another. Or you might see it as two phases of the same adventure. Whichever. In any case, starting tomorrow it is no longer a drill, it is all for real.

I will be flying on the Green Bird. The Air Force C-17 Globemaster III (C-17 Pictures). That means I’ll leave before the main body of the unit and arrive at our final destination after they do. By as much as a day or two. More if we breakdown which apparently is not uncommon. Should be an adventure in and of itself.

OK, I have to finish the last of the packing because Machiko isn’t here to do it for me (I miss her). It will be a few days before I can do any blogging. Hopefully I’ll have a lot to post once I get reconnected to the Internet.


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