Sunday, October 22, 2006

Middle East Correspondent

Matt Settle sends more information on his activities in Kuwait. Read about it in the "comment" link just below this post to the right.

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Anonymous said...

Another week gone by and now the countdown clock has 9 months, 15 days, 7 hours, 8 minutes and 20 seconds. J It is getting closer by the second. By the way, this countdown clock is not official but only my best estimate based no facts what so ever other than one year from the day we were activated.

This week has been a rather interesting week. It started rather like last week. But it took a turn for the better at the end of the week. I met the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) as well as attending a unit pool party on Saturday afternoon.

But first let me tell you that I just got in trouble over watching the Chief play the Chargers. I am trying to “watch” the play by play on the NFL website and it seems that I am getting a little loud. Hey, it’s the Chiefs. Anyway, someone is trying to hold a qualification board in one of the offices next door to mine. Who would think that a board would be held at 22:00 (10:00 PM) and why aren’t they rooting for the Chiefs? OK, it 1st and 10, Chief Ball on the 24 yard line with 4:24 to go in the 4th quarter, Tied 27 all. OK, I have to stop and watch. GO CHIEFS< GO CHIEFS< GO CHIEFS. Everyone should vote Herm Edwards for Mayor, Governor or President. I am horse from yelling at the computer as well as getting in trouble for being so loud. J It seems that there isn’t as many Chiefs fans around this camp as there should be. If the Chief keep wining, I will have a few of the converted by the end of the year. Chiefs 30 to San Diego Chargers 27. It is going to be such a bad day for all the people we have with us from San Diego tomorrow. I May even wear my Chiefs jersey again tomorrow. J What a win. Lawrence Tynes with a 53 yard field goal to win the game. WOW! GO CHIEFS!

OK, I am back and a little settled down. I did get out on Friday afternoon after my watch to attend a meeting with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON Campa). The BBQ was at an air base (Ali Al Salem) about two hours from KNB. He seems to be a much better speaker than the last MCPON. I told him as much when I had the chance to talk with him. I was very impressed with his candor with the questions that the troops asked. I meet the last MCPON (Terry Scott) in Umm Quasar, Iraq the last time I was here. I remember walking away during the meeting when question after question about the reserves were left unanswered. The current MCPON spoke to the group and then answered some tough questions from the Seabees (most of the crowd was made up by a Seabee Battalion). He did not have all the answers and said as much but honestly answered the question that he could. People really came out of the meeting with a good attitude. Afterwards, he met with the Kuwait Chief’s Mess. We ate grilled steaks, chicken, hotdogs and sliders. The steaks were great; I almost ate two but decided not to do so since it was around 10 PM. STGC Jennie Pilcher, OS1 Chuck Michael, OSCS Jim Stephens and I drove up from the Kuwait Naval Base together. After the meeting we all dropped by McDonalds on the base to get a McFlurry. J It is amazing what a little thing like a change of scenery will do for someone’s morale. I feel so much better by just seeing a different view and doing something a little different.

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On Saturday, the Unit’s 1st Class Petty Officer’s held a “picnic/get together” at one of the swimming pools on base. Yea, KNB has three swimming pools. Two of which were used in the 70’s as a training site for the Olympic team. One is a diving pool and the other a swimming pool. We used the outdoor diving pool for our festivities on Saturday. The highlight of the day was when one of the guys rode up on his pink girls bicycle complete with a little horn and a basket on the handlebars. Yep you guessed it; I rode a pink girls bicycle into the swimming pool. What can I say? I like riding things that I have never rode before and here in Kuwait, there are a lot of new things to ride around in the desert. I have always said, “If you are not having fun, you are doing it all wrong.” Anyway, we all had a great time in the pool; swimming, diving off the diving board, and playing football. The 10 meter platform was off limits and probably a good thing. That bike would have looked really good going off that 30 foot platform. J

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Well, I need to call it a night so I am going to sign off on another week. Please take care and the time to tell the loved ones you know how much they mean to you. Time is a commodity so we all need to use it wisely. Keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. Some of us that ride a lot of weird things REALLY need it. J Until next week,


ETC Matthew Settle



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