Today was a reason to celebrate for my team and I. Our replacements arrived last night to Marmal Air Base. First thing this morning we did one of our largest convoys, 7 vehicles, to drive to Marmal and pick up the guys who will hopefully continue what we've been doing right. Hopefully they also find a way to avoid making the same mistakes and growing pains.
Something that is unique compared to my other two deployments is we did not have to move out of our rooms to make space for the new guys. They are moving into a set of connexes recently built by the Croatian contigent, here on Camp Mike Spann. Not having to live out of a duffle bag for the next two weeks while we conduct our hand over training will make life a lot easier.
It was fun, after dropping off the new guys at their rooms, observing their amazement at taking in all of their new surrounding. Kind of like getting dropped off at your first dorm in college, a good deal of excitement was on their faces. I took my counterpart and a couple other guys on a brief 'nickle tour' of our small base. At the end I gave them a couple boxes of care supplies which I had received to help get them settled in.
The next we will try and teach them everything we've learned over the past nine months. First impression is that they have a pretty descent crew, and should do fine. Several members have prior deployment experience, which should help ease their transition.