Friday, July 15, 2005

Home Sweet Home

Made it home yesterday at about 1 pm. Been kinda busy so I haven't been able to post but I just thought I would write and say that I am home; and how sweet it is.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Welcome to Shannon Ireland

Well I am on the way home... Right now I am in Shannon Ireland it's about 11pm wed back home and 5am thursday here. I am supposed to fly into Dallas then to Chicago and then back down to Moline and get there a little after 5pm. I have an open ended ticket though so I may be able to switch flights and get something directly to Moline from Dallas with any luck... I can't believe I am almost home!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

0n my way

I stayed 0ver night at an0ther base last night and am sitting here n0w. I have already went t0 the airp0rt t0 get my flight time and sh0uld be 0n a flight int0 Kuwait later this aftern00n. If my flight actually g0es 0ut 0n time I will pr0bably spend the night in Kuwait and with any luck leave f0r the US t0m0rr0w. I will try t0 keep updates 0n here s0 if any 0f my flights are delayed 0r I am stuck here f0r a while this is where y0u can hear ab0ut it... Maybe next time I sit at a c0mputer all the keys will w0rk and I w0n't have t0 impr0vise a zer0 f0r an ___ (letter I cant type L0L)?

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Last Day Before Leave

My team From left to right: SGT Port (me) - Team Leader, SPC Salmon - Driver, CPL Catour - Gunner

This was from 10JUL2005 on my last mission before I go on leave. I am going to start making my way home tomorrow or today if you consider that it is 0045. I can't wait to see green grass and clear skys again. All we have here is sand on the ground and dust in the air...

I still don't understand why anyone would want to live here.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Rino 120 GPS

This is the Rino I thought he was talking about when he said can you take a picture of a rino for me... This is my back up GPS that I always carry with me and forget that I have when I need it.

Rhino Buss

My dad wanted to see what a Rhino buss looked like... It's like an armored shuttle to the airport. I have never rode in one. I have my own armored shuttle :)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Nerd Heaven 2

Here is a picture of my computers I have here with me.

Nerd Heaven

I guess I haven't came out and directly said that I am using my own laptop, but I have talked about using my computer and fixing the other guys computers multiple times. Plus think about it... is the US Army really going to give me a laptop to use? They did give us a laptop for the platoon but we do cool high tech top secret army stuff on it. The network we setup is both hardline and wireless and I use hardline for security reasons.

My laptop is a Sager Notebook model 3790 it has been an awesome laptop so far.


  • 1800 Pentium M

  • ATI Mobile Radeon 9700 128ram

  • 60GB 7200 rpm HD

  • 512mb ram

  • DVD/CDRW Drive

  • USB 2.0 x 3

  • Firewire

  • IR

  • 15.4in wide screen with 1680x1050 res

  • 4 in 1 media card reader

  • built in webcam (junk)

  • centrino mobile technology

The only thing I don't like about this computer is the sound card sucks. Other than that it's awesome and less expensive than a say a dell with the same specs.

There is a pic of my network setup somewhere in my blog if you want to check it out.

Oh and I can't forget about my backup

My roommate is mooching this one right now cause he doesn't have a laptop.
It's a Dell Smartstep 250n


  • Pentium 4 2.4ghz

  • 40GB 5400 RPM HD

  • 512 mb ram

  • generic video card


  • USB 1.0 x 2

  • PCMCIA x 2

  • Firewire

I bought this laptop almost new (refurbished) had problems when I first got it but sent it back to get it fixed and it has worked great ever since.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

The reason for my short post last time...

When I was writing last night SPC McDaniel came in and told me that I had gate guard. I said no I have it tomorrow and we went out to the chart in the hall where I would be proven wrong. I had less than 5 minutes to get there and was wearing my PT clothes.
It kind of sucked too because I had just got back from the gym where I used the eliptical machine for 20 minutes. I didn't get a shower till this morning because of that!!!
Anyway we had an exciting mission today! One thing I noticed today is that a lot of the guys are starting to get complacent. So if any of these guys are your sons or spouses, ream them a new one and tell them that SGT Port said they are getting complacent!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Give it up for me!

I have worked out 3 days in a row now. Maybe I could keep it up? Anyone want to place bets? I could only hope I keep it up... I have gotten out of shape the last couple years. It could have had something to do with my college days. Oops I got to be somewhere! bye...