We have a bona-fide celebrity with us on this trip!!!
All the stuff is out of the car and ready to be loaded. Andrew checks the structural stability of Jim's trumpet case.
Jim puts together his documents while Andrew tries to figure out a way to smuggle himself inside Jim's briefcase...
Going over last checklists as a unit.
Finally loading up the bus for the trip to the airport.
Jim found this in his luggage - he'd forgotten that brother-in-law Jeff had put it in there. :- )
Last snuggles together in the sunshine!
Unloading (and unloading and unloading) at the airport.
One last detail before we leave...MSgt Kamp had to re-enlist before the trip.
I think this is the best thing I get to do as an officer - swear people in!
Bus ride at Travis AFB - from billeting (hotel to PAX terminal). Guess who was a few minutes late???
Waiting and waiting and waiting to get on the plane...
The USO was there waiting for us with care packages - mostly toiletries and food, plus a few magazines for the 24 hour plane ride. USO is a GREAT organization!
Here I am about to get on the MD11 for Qatar. There were a couple of stops on the way, but it was a good flight.
In line to get on the rotator.
Everyone looks the same. We must shop at the same stores...
This was a very nice plane. The attendants were extremely attentive and kept us well fed and hydrated.
Joey, Brendan and Scott getting cozy.
Didn't take Mike long to geek out. I can't really talk - he and I have been working on my laptop tring to make it run faster. His expertise will come in handy on this trip!
Johanna and I were seat partners. We were sneaky enough to keep anyone sitting in the seat between us. She was conveniently busy sleeping or re-arranging something so it always appeared that the 3 seats were full. Way to go Chirp!
This is Leipzig Germany. There is a nice 110V charging station for everyone to recharge their iPods and latops. Pretty important on our next 6 hour flight!
Hallway of our lodging facility at Al Udeid. Pretty nice considering it is over 100 degrees outside most of the time.
If you go anywhere in the evening (pretty much after 4pm), you have to wear a reflective belt. That way they can see you in the dust.
My room. Hard Bed.
We won't be here that long, so I'm not unpacking too much.
Someone before me took the doors off the lockers. Good idea!
10am on our second morning. Over 100 already.