Happy New Year Family & Friends!
Well, I won't be writing too many more of these updates. Our replacements are now here with us and we have started the transition.
Earlier in the week, most of us who are leaving moved into some temporary quarters, and we turned over our old spots to our replacements. They have been very pleased with the reception, the fresh air here at Darulaman (Kabul is very smoggy in the winter) and the cheeseburgers in the Dining Facility. Today we put them through our own brigade mission-focused training challenge, and they performed really well.
There is a lot of energy in the air right now. The new guys bring a lot of energy and they are hustling around getting established on camp. Although our own guys have never gotten complacent, our pace had been a little more deliberate prior to their arrival (remember our motto is "It is a marathon, not a sprint"). But the guys seem to be going about their duties with a newfound energy. Overall, there is a nice atmosphere here.
So, this coming week will be more of the same. It has been cold here and we are expecting snow over the next few days though. We'll be introducing them to their ANA counterparts and taking them around to show there where everything is.
Best New Year Regards,
GEORGE M. SCHWARTZ
Team Leader/Senior Mentor
1st Brigade, 201st Corps (ANA ETT)