Skip to comments.Four soldiers hitch a deluxe ride home with Gates
Posted on 12/10/2010 6:36:24 PM PST by Pan_Yan
Four U.S. soldiers going home on leave from Afghanistan hitched a sweet ride out of the war zone Thursday by snagging seats on a special flight: the 747 Boeing aircraft that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates uses to crisscross the globe.
For instance, married couple had been deployed to Kandahar, the traditional heartland of the Taliban. Husband and wife each hold the rank of Sgt. First Class and have spent at least 14 years in the armed forces. They have deployed four times during their careers: to Kosovo, twice to Iraq and now Afghanistan. They're headed to Texas to see their kids, ages 5, 4 and 2, who are being cared for by a relative while Mom and Dad are serving in Afghanistan.
Besides grabbing a seat with secretary of defense, the soldiers got another treat during a stopover Thursday night in Abu Dhabi, where Gates's traveling party stayed at the Emirates Palace Hotel, a five-star temple of marble, beachfront and sky-high prices. The soldiers didn't have to pay for their rooms, but they did snap plenty of pictures of the splendiferous building and grounds.
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NOT to be confused with a ‘Slow Ride...’
Did you need me to link even MORE videos/songs/fun stuff for your kids? :)
Who Loves The Chocolate?
Cat! I’m a Kitty Cat!
Merry Christmas, FRiend! :)
I love Foghat!
Your video collection, however, is another thing entirely. My daughter still does that little dance occasionally just to see me cringe.
Merry Christmas to you too, FRiend.
You can NEVER stop the Kitty Cat. :)
Lets spread the love, shall we? LOL!
And...who can’t help but LOVE Foghat? I mean, the name ALONE was golden, LOL!
Take It Easy,
US Government aircraft has empty seats? Fill them with US soldiers. What’s the fuss about?
Schweet. the Emirates Palace looks like a nice place. :-)
I wonder if he asked them their honest opinion on DADT?
If I’d been there I would have told him. LOL
Sir, life is hard enough out here. We don’t need any queers in our quarters to add to the stress.
Anyone wondering why the SEcDef needs a 747 to criss-cross the globe?
My guess would be that he not only has to lug around a press corps, but enough staff to be in charge of two wars simultaneously as well as troops and ships flung across the globe. Now why Zer0 needs a 747 I don't know.
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