Monthly Archives: April 2011

Meetings

I attended my first ‘big shots’ meeting recently.  I say ‘big shots’ because the Commanding General of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan was in attendance (a 3-star general), two 2-stars, seven 1-stars, plus over 20 Colonels and another 20 Lieutenant Colonels.  The generator that supplied the meeting room was down for repair.  The back-up power source could not support the air conditioner so the windows were open.  It was a little warm but the weather was beautiful. 

After about 30 minutes, a sewer truck outside the meeting room began pumping sewage to haul off Camp Eggers.  The sewage pumping process is not exactly a hermetically sealed evolution.  So, what do senior officers do?  Press on while the less senior ones shut the windows.  We finished the meeting in a smelly, 90+ degree room, 1-1/2 hours later.  Just another day in a war zone.

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