JAG-ged Edge
Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Saturday, 8-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark

Finally, I've been busted out of my squat. For weeks, they've been trying to come up with a way to get rid of the squatters. Most recently, they started changing out locks. They moved inexorably from door to door until today--there they were, a squad of Indian TCN's changing the locks.

Now I'm slumming. I'm not in a tent, and I'm not in a the big warehouse, but I am in an open bay. I'm crammed into an 8x8 little square that includes a bed and a wall locker. It's a little like Camp Buckner was during my second summer at West Point. Except at WP, everything was dress right dress. Here everyone has their little areas walled off with poncho liners, sheets, or whatever else is handy. Ellis helped me move in. When we walked into the building (which had a rat trap outside it), Ellis said this place smells just like Basic and AIT. Not really a pleasant smell, but definitely an Army smell. Just like all Army omelets smell the same and not like any other omelet you've ever had. I spent a large part of the afternoon trying to segregate my stuff into a small pile of things I must have to live for a couple weeks and into a large pile of stuff I can live without. I am trying to coordinate with the 42nd Infantry Division (ID) to ship my stuff up to Tikrit with their own. Then after the trial term at the end of Jan. I will fly to Baghdad and then on to Tikrit and Foward Operating Base (FOB) Speicher.

I'll post pictures of the new digs at some point. They'll be worth 1000 words.

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