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I’m all settled in here at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan. I have a little 10′ cubed room, I take my laundry bags to a local cleaner, and I share a bathroom down the hall. I work computer trouble tickets here for CIAJTF 435, and share this job with about 7 others, combined Navy, Army, Air Force. I’m learning about a lot of different systems used here in theater, and they are giving me a lot of ideas, ideas I can take back to Arizona and use at the university.
For example, here is a diagram of the project I’m co-leading with April Davis. Ill share more on that later.
For lack of a better place to upload these:
I was re-reading the quote I added to my post way back on Sol -13, the one from KSR’s book, Antarctica. I really love the sentiment expressed in the end of the passage, which I hold as a explanation for why we do the dangerous things we do. We walk in no ones footsteps. A pronouncement to the universe that you are a singular entity transversing your own path, like those who have gone before you but individual and meaningful.
So I had a cognitive test today that poetically, perfectly…me. Let me explain. The doc told me I was going to take a test on a computer to measure my cognitive speed and memory so that if I ever injured my head in the future they could use these results as a baseline. I was so excited to take this test and show off my awesome brainpower that I skipped through some of the instructions and ended up having to take part of the program twice. That one event more than anything was a perfect test of my mind. Here is a test of how your brain works, and I go ADHD all over it and trip. Great reaction times though…
I found the people in my training program who are in the same order set as me. Its a small group, but one of us has been in contact with who she’s taking over for. I got a confirmed location now, and its Camp Phoenix, just 8 miles east of the capital. Its comparable to Denver, weather wise. There is a Wikipedia article on it here.
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