Thursday, May 18, 2006


I wake up early this morning so I could make it in time for breakfast and maybe, by chance catch my wife online. I barely made it to the chow hall right before it closed. We didn’t have to go out on mission this morning and I was thinking about sleeping in. Sleep was worth sacrificing in order to by chance see my wife online. I ate chow and then went over to the MWR.

I sent her a quick text message on her phone, letting her know that I was online. She then appears and we chat for a little while. She gets tired and says she’s going to bed. I let her go. I start closing all the open windows on the computer and make my way out. As I begin walking out of the complex Specialist High Speed tells me that Staff Sergeant Preacher was just looking for me in the gym. I ask how long ago and he tells me 15 minutes. I tell him thanks and start walking back toward the pad. That’s odd, I wondered. They never look for me unless something urgent has come up. Sometimes, I don’t even want to be found.I get back to the pad and I meat Staff Sergeant Code Talker. He tells me they’ve been looking for me. I told him that I wrote on my door that I was going to chow, then MWR, then the PX. “What’s up?” I ask. “We were going to go out on an urgent mission. They called us up and were looking to scramble some guys to go out.” I found out that we were going to go up north to assist some personnel in distress. MAN! I would’ve loved to go! I guess they cancelled the urgent mission at the last minute. I don’t know why. Maybe it was because we took forever to move out. It would’ve been cool not only to help someone else out but also to see something different.

I began to worry about getting in trouble. They were looking for me and they couldn’t find me when an urgent mission came up. It doesn’t look good. But I had written where I was going on the write-board outside of my door. I know I have an alibi but I knew I was still going to hear it. I would explain that I was in the MWR like I wrote outside my door and they went looking for me in the gym. Next time I think I’m going to underline it and write it in big letters.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found your link and decided to come read.
A good friend of mine was hurt bad over there on May 18th and was looking for anyone who might have known him to give them updates just in case they can't find out how he is doing.
I have been reading through your blog entries and they are really interesting.
Thanks for providing me with more insight to what the soldiers are going through.

6/18/2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger SGT. Pete Puebla said...

No problem. I decided before the deployment that I'd share as much as I could about my experience over here. I did it for friends an family. It was a way for them to keep in touch and see what I was going through. It's attracted the attention of others, like yourself, that find it insightful and interesting. It's my pleasure to present this to all of you.

6/24/2006 12:41 AM  

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