Monday, April 23, 2007

A New Assignment

I’ve received a new assignment. I’ve been transferred to our higher command in Kabul. I’m now at Camp Phoenix. If you’d like my new mailing address leave a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll send it to you personally. You can also get it from Janae. I just don’t want to publish it here for all the world to see.

Last January I suggested that we develop a military justice training program for our prosecutors and defense counsel. I’ve been lucky, the prosecutors and defense counsel I’ve worked with in the 201st Corps are actually trained lawyers and I erroneously thought most were. Turns out most are not. Even with trained lawyers in our Corps they are lacking in a lot of skills and expertise. So in an effort to try and help them improve the quality of legal services I made the suggestion that we develop the training program. Well guess who got tagged with the responsibility of preparing it? You’re right. Me.

After I get back from leave the plan is to travel to each of the 5 Corps here in country and conduct the training. I’m hoping to be able to go on the road trip but we’ll see. If we can’t make the road trip work logistically we’ll probably have the prosecutors and defense counsel come to Kabul for the training. The only problem with that will be that I’m preparing the training for a small group setting, not a large group. Besides, I’d like to see the rest of the country so I’m hoping for the trip.

I’m also up here to facilitate the transition between commands. The current command element who has been here for the past year is getting ready to be replaced by the new command element. Obviously I can’t give you any dates of this event but it will be happening in the near future. So like I said, I get to facilitate the transition, sort of be the institutional memory.

So am I happy to be here? Well…ask me that when I’m home and can tell you my “real” feelings on the matter. Of course I miss my family at Blackhorse, I miss my room, I miss the food in the DFAC (dining facility), the tight knit family feeling and I miss my ANA.

So what are the advantages of living at Phoenix? Well I’ll have to think about that and get back to you.

In the meantime, I have a new change of scenery. Stay tuned since I now have new things to write about.


DeAnna said...

On the bright side, you don't have that much longer of being there. You have my email address.

Anonymous said...

Please send it to my city e-mail address.

Gettysburg Jim

Anonymous said...

Well, you were sounding like you were in a rut anyway. Good luck with the training, a noble task. Where'r thou art, act well thy part.