It is 4 am right now..I should really get to bed but just wanted to say that I talked to Jeremy just now! A big shout out to the Maine Troop Greeters organization! Because of you I got to talk to my hubby for an entire hour almost! Thank you for taking care of our soldiers!
Jeremy flew out of Boeing Field around 10 and they landed in Maine 4 hours later. Now he is off to Germany, which he said will be about a 6 hour flight. He told me a couple of funny stories.
When they were at McChord AFB here in town, they were sitting around eating MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) and one of the guys walked over and sat down. The guy had like 4 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. All the guys looked at him like “dude! what’s up? where did you get those?” and he said “some lady over there is just handing them out”. So of course, all the guys get up to go see what is going on. There was a room the size of my living room apparently, that was full from floor to ceiling, wall to wall, of nothing but Girl Scout cookies and a lady was handing them out to the guys! HA! So Jeremy was quite thrilled with his “couple” of boxes of Somoas and Thin Mints!
When they were on the plane, they had their weapons with them and Jeremy said it was so funny hearing the flight attendants tell them how to situate their weapons. He said at one point they announced “If you have a large machine gun and need us to store it, we have a closet we can put it in” ha ha ha ha! Too weird to hear THAT on a plane! Parents, Jeremy had beef tips and veggies with a salad for dinner. So he’s well fed and well taken care of. He said that the flight was good and he slept pretty much the whole time.
When they got off the plane in Maine, Jeremy and a few guys were the first off. He said that as they were walking, several older gentlemen walked towards them saying “there they are!” and came up to them. They were wearing their Viet Nam hats, etc. They shook the guys hands and said thank you and told them where they could go and what was available. I guess this group, the Maine Troop Greeters, had a little cell phone area set up with Verizon phones so that the guys could call home-for free! That is how Jeremy got to call and talk to me! YAY!
Jeremy let me know that he would try to talk to me again when he gets to Germany. So what is 6 hours from 4 am? 10 am? Ok..I’ve gotta be ready to catch him! Hopefully he can call. I think they’ll be on an AFB over there, not at the commercial airport in Frankfurt or anything like that. I only sent Jeremy with one phone card and now I’m thinking that was so dumb! I hope he can buy more once he gets to a couple of those bases he’ll be at in this transition time. If you guys think of it, mail Jer a phone card! I think he might get to use them more than we thought. I’m holding out hope at least!
Ok, I need to get some sleep before it’s time to get up with the kids. Thanks for all your love and support everyone!