Danica A. Sancic-Chumley
Monday, December 1, 2003
It is nice to know when we are this far away that you all are thinking
of us. Like you we hear negitive, in the states it's how many of the
people don't want us here (Not really true most of the people are better
safer now than they were.) From the US all we hear in the media is how
one" is happy with us being here. I know that that isn't really
CNN hits it everyday.
I have folks in the office from Charleston SC (Miranda, and myself),
Langley Va.(Don and Craig) Wichata Ks (Will and David). We get some
but, not a lot. The TV system isn't up and running yet so we mostly
news form CNN.com and Foxnews.com. When I get soe photos I'll forward
You will find our life style "rustic" as I call it. The moto
on the Air
Field is "It gets better everyday". Which is true for the
On that note I'm going to be late for a meeting if I don't get
going. Again thaks to you all for your positive support of this mission.
It really does mean a lot to us.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:01 PM
I've been out at Al Udeid,Qutar
a few days and when I got back I was way behind. It amazes me how you
be out of the office for 3 days and have 5 days of work when you get
Today was great, Robin Williams was here for a USO show. There
flight came in late so it was a little short, but still a great show.
USO does a fantastic job of getting folks here and around the theater
area we operate in Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, ect..)
We are thrilled about the capture of Saddam. It has fired up some
of the civilians here but nothing out of the ordinary. Tikrit is about
miles N of here. I have to say that it is exciting to be here when we
gather around the few TVs in camp to watch the President speak. The
atmosphere is very charged, hard to describe but very exciting. Gives
I'm not sure if I expressed our gratitude for you all sending us
T-shirts...You all were the front line of this mess to start with. Coming
out of an EMS/FD background I know you end up in the middle of situations
everyday but nothing like a major attack. So anyway we appreciate you
too. I haven't received our box yet but that isn't to surprising since
mail can take up to a month for packages. I'm still waiting on a box
home sent in mid Nov.
As far as the cold goes yes it does get cold. Lows in the mid 30's
here this week, highs in the 50's or low 60's not to bad. It has been
raining which = lot's o mud. Which I've decided is worse than the
never-ending layer of dust that just well, is here.
If I'm going to get supper I need to jet...I think it's pasta/
mystery meat in sauce night, stick with the pasta on that note. Anyway
write again later.
Monday, February 2, 2004 12:01 PM
The shirts are here.;)..I was hoping to
get a photo of everyone
wearing them to accompany the announcement but haven't been able to
all in the same place at the same time. They are soooo cool. My guys
thrilled with them. I will get that photo soon.
We have been very busy here. All of my plans are falling into
place. We are getting ready to rotate (in Mar) so now we are in the
your project mode. I know the news has been reporting about the Army
rotation, the new units are coming in so I am meeting all the new people
over there. It does create challenges, it is like the entire city
government changing over and you are a neighborhood in the city who
function under the city rules (the new guys change without telling you)
keep your own programs going too. O well keeps me on my toes. Like I've
said before we are challenged here with the harassing attacks that keep
happening. As CNN reported we had our first fatality on the post due
terrorist attacks. there have been some off post prior to yesterday).
very sad. Events like this make my office busy, revalidating alert
notification and protective actions as well as accountability processes.
Our goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible. The next 24 hrs will
continuation of the process. On that note I've got a meeting to head