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Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Wednesday, 15-Dec-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Kuwaiti Naval Base (Camp Patriot)

15 December 2004:

"When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard."
- General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

Today was cold and wet and blustery. Can't believe how much rain we've gotten and nothing's green. For the most part though, the weather since I've been here has been spectacular. It's nearly 2230, and I am still at the office. That's the way things are looking to be until Christmas. Today, I went to the Kuwaiti Naval Base (KNB) where we (the U.S.) have some soldiers and lots of sailors who load and unload ships. They live in a tent city that is pretty rundown. I was there to meet one of my clients and to interview as many witnesses as I could. That took the better part of the day. I rode down with CPT Curry, one of my opposing counsel, but a great guy. He had some classes to teach down there. CPT Curry spent 19 and a half years in the Air Force and rose to the rank of 1SG when the Army offered him a direct commission after he graduated from law school. He's been in the Army 4.5 years now. As he like to say, he's been in DoD for 24 years and in the military for 4.5. While I waited for Curry to finish one of his classes at the end of the day, I wondered into the community center and play a soldier and a sailor in pool. I lost. They made me drop and knock out 30. Curry showed me around the base. Even though it was grey out. It was good to see the water and the entirety of Kuwaiti Navy. The base, like the air force base I've been to, looks completely run down and 3rd world. Surprising, for such rich country. I am told, however, that the Kuwaitis hire TCN's to man all their military bec. they don't want to do such grunt work. That might explain the facilities. Went into the KNB BX area. There was guy there selling nearly every first run movie out there for $5 a pop, or you could get one with 5 older ones for $7. Back at Arijan it was lobster night. Try eating a tail with very flimsy plastic fork. Not easy. You end up using your fingers. After dinner, it was back to the office to plan for lots of upcoming 32's and witness intererviews.

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