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Training in the Czech Republic for deployment to Afghanistan.

Can you guys believe it’s May already?? Life needs to slow down just I bit I think!

I’ve been wanting to tell you guys about Chris’ trip to the Czech Republic for about a month now. As I was searching for the photos I realized it was all the way back in March! I feel like I barely blinked and April came and went! Poof! Gone! But I’m still going to tell you about his trip anyway, because it was pretty cool.

So here it goes.

Once upon a time NATO sent Chris to the Czech Republic for a week for Civilian Pre-Deployment Training. That’s right. Pre-deployment. As in pre-deployment-to-Afghanistan. Apparently sometimes working for the military means being sent into a war zone, despite not actually being in the military. He’s most likely be going in 2014. Bummer. In a weird twisted way though it’s kind of exciting. I mean…Afghanistan will forever be in the history books. and Chris will get to be there! Especially since Chris won’t actually get sent to the really crazy combat zones, so he should be fairly safe.

“Fairly” is the key word there. Hence why he had to go  to a week of vigorous training. Because even though he’ll be “fairly” safe… there’s apparently still the risk of roadside bombs and civilian hostage situations. Eep!

He had a blast though! They learned a bunch of survival skills, escape and evasion techniques, how to find and destroy mines, how to deal with chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear warfare, radio communication skills, and kidnapping and interrogation survival. They simulated a whole surprise civilian kidnapping and hostage situation and everything! Oh.. and it was all in the snow and freezing temperatures. Chris came home a bit roughed up, but definitely feeling mighty hardcore.

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Searching for “mines”

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I love a man in uniform!

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Chris and his coworkers.

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Socks hanging to dry in the barracks after a hard day of tromping around in the snow.

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The barracks.

At the end of the trip, Chris got to spend a day exploring Prague! His thoughts after his time in the city: “We definitely need to go back and see more of it!” Ummm… ok!

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Behind Chris is a lady in a dress, leading a donkey with a carrot hanging from a stick. Just another day in Prague… ?

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(Click for a better panorama!)