Deploying as a Contractor
Anyway back to predeployment, I then get to receive a bunch of vaccinations, that's right I keep a shot record just like a military person does. Hep A, Hep B, Smallpox, Anthrax (when they were giving it) you name it, I get it. I go to an SRP just like the soldiers do, I get a power of attorney, I can make a will, I get shot and bloodwork, and then I get to begin packing my gear. We don't wear uniforms in Iraq, we wear civilian clothes, so choosing th right wardrobe is quite a task. Do I pack music group tshirts and jeans, or do I go with straight white cotton T's and khakis. Well here are two examples of the way I dress in Iraq. Here I am in one of Saddam's palace in Tikrit
and here I am pimping with two of my friends in the Kuwaiti desert before our convoy north into Iraq.
So I start packing and then I ask my company for a cash advance, mostly this is used to buy things that are desperately needed in Iraq such as laptops, MP3 players and anything else to fight off the boredom that comes with living on a FOB. So by now my passport has returned with the Kuwaiti visa in it and it's time to leave.
Say goodbye to my wife at the airport and then begin the 24 hour saga of trying to get from the U.s. to Kuwait. I board the plane and I wake up at Camp wolf or Camp wolverine or whatever the hell mammalian name they are calling it these days. I get picked up by my company's site lead in Kuwait, and taken to a luxury apartment the company rents until I can catch a C-130 from the APOD into Baghdad or Kirkuk or Balad or wherever. The apartment looks like this
So now I get my promask from Camp Doha, pick up any last minute hajivision movies in town and then it's time to get onto that steel bird to take me to freakytown for 3 months. And that's how a contractor deploys. As I get closer to my deployment date, I'll tell you about what I do once I get to the FOB.