Received a message from LoA today. "Not a good day. We received praise from our higher headquarters during the VTC this morning for starting to pump oil to Turkey for export. WE went by the NOC after the VTC to see how much they were pumping and Adil said the pipeline had been bombed at 0300 this morning and it was on fire. They do not have a shut off valve for 90 miles upstream. There are 40,000,000 gallons of crude oil in the pipeline that somehow we have to get out before the break can be repaired. We are going to talk to the NOC tomorrow and see what they have come up with to work around this MAJOR problem. We just cannot guard all the pipelines."
"We met after supper to go over the final plans for the new base camp that we hope to have ready for move in within 60 days. We also talked about vehicles and I am going to get a 4 X 4 four door GMC pickup. Not as nice as the Yukon but at least I can go when I want to."
"Two weeks from tonight I will be leaving for home". This last one is the best part. He will start trying to leave for Kuwait around Tuesday 8/26 because it can be difficult getting a plane out. He sounds good when he can call but is usually very tired. The daytime temperatures are hitting 127 and he does walk quite a bit.
I'm anxious to get him home and start out for a much needed mini vacation.
The latest word is that LoA will be flying out from Kuwait on the 30th and arriving here also on the 30th. (Time zones are fun!) His replacement should be arriving about a week before so LoA should have enough time to show him the ropes.
As a taxpayer I must say it's dumb to bring LoA home so soon, just as he is getting the hang of things, getting to know the local people he's been working with, learning how things work over there. But as a family member I must say that I'm glad he'll be returning at the end of the month. Real glad.