Hello Heathrow!

Given the vagaries of the US Government, rules and orders it should not surprise any of you that I have to fly back to the UK in order to travel to Ft Benning. Something about having to leave and return from my permanent duty station.

End result is that I will get to spend the night with one of my two really good friends tonight before heading right back to Heathrow in the morning.

Ft Benning is not going to be happy with me, and it should be quite interesting. You see – they want people to arrive in order to sign in by 0900 on Saturday. Most weeks it would not be that much of an issue, but I was not interested in traveling on Rosh Hashanah. Leaving a week earlier would not work since I wasn’t back from Australia. And in any case, the normal departure on the contract flight is on Fridays. Since this coming Friday is Yom Kippur, “es kommt nicht in Frage.”

I have a feeling that they are not going to want to keep me for a full extra week so will probably being leaving on a commercial flight sometime early next week. Given the amount of gear I have to drag along, this is not all that much of an advantage. (Something around three duffel bags and a rucksack plus my carry-on).

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11 Responses to Hello Heathrow!

  1. Pat says:

    Boy, this sounds impractical! I know, there has to be a good reason
    why the rule was made, and the Army is notorious for inflexibility.
    And during the high Holy Days. Good grief.

  2. Steve says:

    Das is gut!

    > (Something around three duffel bags and a rucksack plus my carry-on).

    Yup, that’s the limit.

  3. Isobel says:

    Have a happy, healthy and SAFE New Year.

  4. Ann says:

    Have a good trip, and Happy New Year,

  5. Carmen says:

    Another adventure begins.

    Can you think of stuff you will need/want/find useful/want to give out to people, so I can start shopping?

  6. Kathryn says:

    Do I proof read it as you write it this time?

    I think this is going to be your toughest deployment apart from the Balkan one

  7. Shana says:

    Hope you go off to the states okay. Let me know how you are doing.

  8. Janet says:

    travel safe.

  9. Shawn says:

    You are like a ping pong ball. Thank goodness you are so grounded. Happy travels

  10. Barbara says:

    Sounds like quite a journey! Ahhhh, how fun.

    Travel safely and have an easy fast,

  11. Kris says:

    Well, I don’t know how I missed it, but it sure sounds like you are deploying again. The adventures never cease. Where to this time?
    Safe travels. I’ll send coffee.

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