Matt has been deployed for 1 month with 14 months to go. It seems that the best time for Matt to call is during work and the office staff knows that when I am on the phone with Matt - work stops for me. It is always good to get a phone call saying, "Hi, MOM - I'm safe". He states that he will be moving to his "room" by the end of the week. He has been super busy working on vehicles. His unit has been doing lots of missions and thus repairs are always needed. They work on the vehicles until they are all fixed and ready to go which causes some long days and nights for him. He worked on 2 power steering pumps that took almost 20 hours to do.
He has a mentor that has been in the service for 27 years as a mechanic and has lots to teach Matt. Sargent Mulos will be teaching Matt while they are there.
He has been designated one of the mail clerks for his company, which means he gets to go and get the mail when it comes and distribute it. Oh course since the mail pilot quit and the runway needs to be repaired, the mail has not made it to them for over a week and it will be several more days before he will be able to get any mail.
We talked about Brother Bob Call, who was Matt's scout leader. He wanted me to tell Brother Call - THANK YOU for all that you taught me in scouts. Matt is using what he learned in scouts in Iraq. Always nice to know that when you serve that you have benefited someone and Brother Call - Matt is grateful for all that you taught him.
That's all for now. Hopefully as he gets his internet he will be able to post to this blog.