Editor’s Note: Scott Hiszem is currently serving in Kuwait with the United States Army. He will soon be shipping out to Iraq. Below you will find the most recent entries from his blog, “Wheels Up.” To catch up on previous entries, to leave a question or comment, or to check out new entries as the blog is updated, visit www.norwalkreflector.com/blogs.
Answers to questions.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 at 9:42 am by Scott Hiszem
So far I have only had two people ask questions, but I have some free time right now so I figured I would answer them. The first question was, what is the state of mind of the soldiers that I am with? Well around 3/4 of the people that I work and spend most of my time with this is not their first time overseas so they either aren’t nervous or are just hiding it well. There are a few new soldiers with us and it is their first time. For the most part when you spend time with them everything is normal and we are back in the States. It is still early and we have not even made it to Iraq yet. Last time I was here was my first and I was a little nervous in Kuwait, but didn’t get really nervous until our plane from Kuwait to Iraq was shot and did maneuvers before landing. My attitude changed after that. Also everyone's attitude will change once we have all been stuck together for a year. The other question I had was do I just work on vehicles or do I have other duties? Well for the most part, I work on trucks but they always can find something else for us to do. We will guard gates, other establishments on the base and local nationals recruited to help around the base. Well I thank everybody for their comments and look forward to answering more questions. Soon we will be heading out and it might be awhile before I am able to respond. So if you don’t see something for a bit, just wait and I will post again.