Friday, April 8, 2011

Promoted! or, Out of the Frying Pan and...

Kandahar Air Field, Zabul Province, Afghanistan

Well folks, my days of running the ECP (Entry Control Points) have now come to an end.

If I had a more satisfying job before this, I would be hard pressed to remember. I always said I had two jobs, the one I was hired to do, and the second - making sure that every single one of the young men and women under my watch make it home to their parents and loved ones. I can say without reservation that as a team, my force protection specialists, and my biometrics team, were on point, kept the bad guys off balance, kept the base secure, and did it without any issues. Of that, I am very proud!

I'm off to a new FOB (Forward Operating Base) in Zabul Province. I've been promoted to Site Manager, so I will be in charge of the civilian contracting component on the base. All the trades, the dining facility, aviation components, and security are within my area of responsibility. Think of it as being the Superintendent of a very large school system... that has a lot of guns. Everything that affects the infrastructure and operations of the base runs through my staff and I.The military doesn't do those things anymore! It is all outsourced to civilian contractors.  Fortunately I have a high speed staff to assist me. (And keep me out of trouble!) I'll be at KAF for a few days getting up to speed, and then it's off to this new adventure!

I wish I had more time to share with you all, but duty calls, and I have to answer.

In the meantime, I have several posts scheduled to pop up every few days. When I hit the ground I'll share more with you!

Be safe, be vigilant, stay alert!

Best regards!


GoofyGirl said...

1) congrats on the promotion!
2) on behalf of every person with friends/family in the military...and, hell, everyone else: Thank you ♥

Albert A Rasch said...

Thanks GG, Always ready to serve!

troutrageous1 said...

Congratulations on the promotion Albert!

Borepatch said...

Think of it as being the Superintendant of a very large school system... that has a lot of guns.

This is the most awesome thing I've heard in some time.

Congratulations, Albert! Keep then - any yourself - safe, and come home soon.

NorCal Cazadora said...

Stay safe, Albert! And thanks for the work you're doing over there.

Albert A Rasch said...

Thank you everyone! I am very much touched by all of your comments and appreciate the support.

It heartens me to see the interest in my accomplishments, and surprises me too! As busy as most folks are, I am surprised at all the attention. And to those of you that have emailed me,

Thank You very much!

Best regards,

Brigid said...

It just seems like you got home, and now you are off again. Stay safe, and keep the stories coming.

Albert Quackenbush said...

Definitely a congratulations on the promotion! Be safe out there and in your new endeavor. Cheers!

Albert A Rasch said...

Thanks guys! Really appreciate the thoughts and prayers!

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch™
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