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The Wann

TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

8:48 AM - Hospital Stuff...

Hmmm...what to post about...what to post about. I had been thinking my supervisor if he reads any of this he is probably freaking out over the type-os and the horrible grammer that I is been using.

The hospital has been...ummmm....interesting lately. For the sad news, we had an eight year old little girl die earlier today. She came in with massive head trauma. The family said it was from a pressure cooker. With that kinda damage to her I am sure a pressure cooker was used...but nothing we can do about that in this country. We worked on her for about a week and when her brother called the parents (who by the way never came to see her) to see what they wanted to do about the situation the father told the 17 year old son, her brother to make the decision. Hard core! Pretty freaking sad, it really tore some people up. He of course wouldn't show it. But it was kinda obvious when he went out side for 5 minutes every 10 minutes. Just interesting how this society really value life and family.
Oh and then the better good and sorta morbid because it makes me happy news. We had a 19 year old guy (sad he is only 19 though) come in with no legs, one arm missing and only 2 digits on the other hand. What happened to him? He was making one heck of an IED (bomb-ish thing) and he had no clue what he was doing and bamm-o! Irony at its best game!
Getting ready for another humanitarin aid mission here soon-ish. Lots of volunteers and not enough slots. But thats better than not enough. Really getting to know the hospital staff here and things are going pretty good. Just making time go by the best I can and call people when I can. Oh yeah that reminds me I still need to call my brother and sister...hmmm....I will try to work on that later.
Alright ya'll (yes SSgt Cat thats a w0rd)
Till next t ime...
TheWann

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Friday, January 19, 2007

9:44 AM - Some info:

My work email address is:
Lowell.Wann@afghan.swa.army.mil

and you can finally find some fotos on Yahoo:
http://photos.yahoo.com/binarypunk

Other than that... We finally have full control of everything at the hospital chapel now. Took a little while longer than expected and for reasons I really don't know but we have it and that is good. My Chaplain is a little goofy, but a good man. He likes to eat...a little bit more than I do believe it or not. But we don't really go to the American DFAC (chow hall) too often, our poison of choice is the Korean DFAC or the Korean snack bar! That is some good eating and a lot healthier than the grease filled and fat laid yet great tasting stuff at ours.
Yesterday we got dumped on with the snow! I loved every minute of it! Good God I miss Alaska sometimes. Although New Mexico got dumped on pretty harsh right before I left...but thats not very normal, not to that degree anyway.
Our Chief here gets boxes like nothing I have ever seen. I think he has even out done the priest I was in Iraq with and he got alot of stuff about every day it seemed. but anyway to the point... he has this guy back in the states who has a good sum of money from his business that he is now retired from and he is a Vietnam Vet and because he remembers how sucky it can get (though it could always be worse) he spends an unknown amount of cash money on the troops over here and in Iraq. He will a dozen TVs at Sams and send them, he will send Krispy Kreame (I miss those) he sends all sorts of things to the troops or to one of the higher ups to give out to the troops. The Chief and him are good friends so of course the Chief gets a good amount and we were talking earlier today and he was telling me he got some coffee in and I could have some of I wanted (knowing that I do love my coffee) so I was like "Yeah!" Next thing I know I get 10 bags of Starbucks coffee! What is that 100 bucks!?!?! Being the good Chaplain Assistant that I am, I am sharing it with the people in my hut and with some of the other fellow coffee addicts in the hospital. So its good to hear of those that make big cash money in their life and remember still what it took to get there, hard work and freedom. The Secret Santa from Kansas City was alot like that also... often time we never here of these people just of the Donald Trumps who fight with other multi-millionares.

That was alot of rambling but really I don't care just wanted to type something since I am still kinda fighting with myself trying to decide if I should write about anything going on at the hospital, non-military of course I wouldn't ever report of another US military member. Their familys need the report from some one else other than the news first. It is interesting...and pretty different!!

much love to all...
--TheWann

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Monday, January 15, 2007

8:47 AM - staying bored...?

**Update**
sorry no pic, blogger isn't letting me upload it either that or its this ISP I will figure something else out don't worry...you know I will

Sorry dad so far not being too bored but I will continue to work on that and see what happens :-)
The Chap and I helped about 200+ locals in getting supplies, everything from clothing, school supplies, toys/stuffed animals and a small bit of candy. We went to the Korean Hospital where locals go to get free medical care and then as they were leaving we handed them a bag and walked them through the line to get a few things. We really didn't have the time or the manning to let them pick and choose but that was alright because just on the other side of the fence they started trading with one another and that was good stuff. The kids begged for balls and a good number of the others begged for some shoes. We did what we could and I think they were all pleased in the end. Some had some crazy big smiles. Feel good stuff right? Well here is a pic with a little boy and his little sister, he loved getting his picture taken and he didn't want all the stuff jsut a stuffed animal for her and shoes for her and for him, pretty cool considering everyone else wanted everythign they could get there hands on. I shall hit this up again later...
Oh the work computers won't allow me to post so I have to keep using the chaplains laptop :-(

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

9:34 AM - Left seat, Right seat

Left seat right seat is nothing more than army terms for "this is how we have done it, now show us how you will do it and we will tell you how wrong you are, AIR FORCE!" Ya good times right. So most of my time has been that kinda thing and I still have no internet access at work, should be worked out by tomorrow though. There is just so much confusion here about the AF taking things over and the Army running things and blah blah blah. Good times, I guess. Everyones attitude seems to be "just wait till the Army leaves then we will do it our way." Joint Service has a long way to go.
Oh I have the mailing address now...

Lowell Wann
TF-MED
APO-AE
09354

Sorry it took so long but..well thats that. Oh hey for those that know her (and I just had to put it in but please no comments on the subject) Ashley....a ummm..old...ummm...well this person named ashley fouund me on MySpace although I go by a different name on there on purpose. Something about how she found something in a box that I and or my mom would want and wanting my address to send it to. I of course responded with a "what is it" and signed it with my alias. *Head hurting* nothing I am going to get into on this forum, too many kids and family members read this and my most dark thoughts of evilness may come out.

More about this place--- Hooters hooked us up with this killer free calendar, that is border line porn...god bless hooters! I love their... buffalo wings. Oh and the Chap and I are heading outside the wire tomorrow near the Korean Hospital (they are on this base, not in korea lol) to hand out clothing, school supplies and other little goodies for them. But nothing we do helps the locals, just ask CNN or most any other big name news network. They are getting free health care provided by the Koreans and the Egyptians. but thats not helpful is it? Sarcism at its best huh? Well I should be able to start putting up pics soon enough. The chaplain is letting me use his camera from time to time. Oh I just found out I can only update this thing from the local afghan network or from the MWR tent where they have computers, movies, telephones and stuff. Well...Much love to you all and catch back at home soon enough...
--TheWann

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Monday, January 08, 2007

9:02 PM - BAGRAM!!!

So I finally got here!! Everything went pretty smooth...for the most part anyway. Bagram is certainly a different place than Balad! The good, we can get internet connections in our huts, cell phones to call the states and everything we really need including work is with-in a few blocks of this place. The bad, living conditions are very different 8 to a building with our own little corner to make home (I will upload pics of it later) the DFACs are a bit different but I haven't been here a full week so I do not know how that will go as of yet. Overall its real nice just different is all. Oh again I will upload some pics later but killer view of these mountains! Not sure what mountains these are but they are just beautiful! We still haven't really started work yet. The higher ups of the Air Force are still trying to get everything situated for the take over for the Army hospital. Oh and I live with my chaplain 4 docs/nurses and a couple of enlisted people from the hospital they are all good people. The chaplian I am with is a real cool guy. Outgoing just enough yet not so much that we are going to be outside the wire soon...if ever :-)

Ok now for the bad news... I LOST MY FREAKING DIGITAL CAMERA!!!! AHHHHH!! So I lost my pics of virgina beach, and the museum we went to over there. Whatever!! Jsut kinda pisses me off just a bit. 400+ bones gone! So I am going to purchase this little crappy 88 dollar camera that they have here and then upgrade to something a little better once I get home. Thats that.

So for now much love to you all and I will see ya soon enough. At the moment there seems a bit too much confusion on our mailing address...people just seem confused over all :-) but I will post that as soon as I can. Much love to you all!!

--TheWann

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

11:23 AM - Never enough time...

So I just got back from visiting the family and a few friends back home in Kansas City. Good to see the family but wish I could have spent a bit more time with some old friends but bad time of year to expect that. Christmas and all of that ya know. Went to Arkansas to visit my brother and his family for Christmas and jsut hung out till it was time to leave. I left my Ford Escape there and took a train back to Albuquerque. Trains are Punk Rawk! Planes are...well just suck!
Got the good ol iPod shuffle second generation! I like it, I like it alot! :-) and...well thats really about howz it goez. Crazy snow here in Albuquerque, leaving for my second tour but first to Afghan pretty soon, hope I can hit this thing up while over there and all ya'll better stay in touch (you know who you are!) or else!!!

Ok--alright--gotta go--PEACE!

--TheWann

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