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Update on Spotted Horse (Ken)

posted Jul 11, 2009, 12:04 AM by Jonathan Yoesting   [ updated Jul 11, 2009, 12:05 AM ]
Ken (my dad) is deployed to Bulgaria.  Here is his last email update sent to my mother:

Hi Honey,

  I got NIPR capability here yesterday.  But could not get back to office
to write.  We do not have the cyber café set up yet.  The MWR guy arrived
today to start running wires.

  You will never guess.....they have wild pigs here.  I have a picture of
one sneaking up on me which is not 20 feet away.  This whole area has dozens
of them.  As soon as we got here I saw the momma pig with eight little
oinkers eating plumbs which had fallen from the tree next to our office and
sleeping area.  They call our building the White House. Reason, its four
stories and is painted white.  We have offices on the fourth floor, a few on
the third floor and woman's sleeping quarters.  On the second floor is men's
sleeping quarters and showers.  The water has Ecoli so brushing teeth in the
stuff could kill you.

  When the tents are ready, I am suppose to move to a tent.  My office will
move to a truck van, converted to a office.  No electric there yet, air
conditioners coming soon, computer net work coming soon.

  Oh, and they have Gypsies.  They travel the roads in single horse drawn
or donkey drawn wagons.  The wagons are only about four foot wide and 10
foot long. Rubber car type tires.  Gypsy clothing.  On Sundays some of the
horses have red headdresses.  I have also seen entire families of gypsies
walking, caring babies in arms and heading for an intermediate destination
10 kilometers away.  Not sure how far the family was going to walk, but the
stretch of road from outside our base entrance to where I later saw the same
group was 10 km away.

   The army gets up here at NLT 5:30.  So I get up with them.  They have
PT, I hop on my mountain bike and ride for an hour. At least one soldier who
is excused from running will start biking with me. At this time we do not
have a DFAC. Still under construction.  Our HQ advance element meets at 0800
and caravan to a big truck stop area to purchase fresh coffee and gas
station type food.  Currently we also buy enough for lunch to go.  Then at
evening meal we go back to same area and eat at the seven or eight Mom & Pop
operations which have good salads and barBQ.  This is a welcomed change up
from having to eat MREs.

  Take care.  Love to all.

Director of Logistics