Friday, June 23, 2006

Valiant Shield

The exercise has ended, successfully I hope. Some good pictures and related information. Pretty amazing to amass such a large force and even open it up for the Chinese to observe.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Emergency Email Network by Area

Rikki sent me some interesting links and a good idea: The Emergency Email & Wireless Network. This is really an idea the government should have picked up instead of a company, but a company can probably do it better and for less money.

There also was a few surprising reports: The report says only 10 states have emergency plans that are fully acceptable - Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont. Way to go Vermont.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Still alive

I went through a little bit of Internet withdrawal for a while there. Hard to believe such a nice hotel doesn't have Internet. Luckily I was able to find an unsecured wireless network to hop on. I gave up a bit of sleep just to check email. Things are hectic and we are covering for other people so we have only had 1 day off so far. Hopefully we can catch a break soon.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Countdown

Not like it is only day 2 of deployment or anything but the donut of misery has been posted. The webcam works great. Rikki and I are using MSN to video conference. We've spent a few hours on it already. The voice quality is better than our only phone call. The video is.... cheap webcam video from the webcams I bought us back in 2001. The quality is far better than our last attempts a few years back.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Departure

After several changes in dates and locations I'm finally forward deployed! I had a really weird premonition when we loaded up the car to go to the airport. A Praying Mantis was sitting on my truck watching Rikki and I. It was perfectly still except its odd-shaped head pivoting as it followed us. It was just past midnight, humid, and unusually dark and quiet. Kind of creepy, but all my flights went fine. I'm now settling in at the BOQ with high-speed Internet so I will be able to keep in touch with everyone.... until the next move.