Six years ago in the passenger terminal at al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, I watched a young E-3 hospital corpsman (HN) talking to the Air Force sergeant at the counter, attempting to figure out how to get into Iraq. The sergeant couldn’t figure out by reading the HN’s orders where he was going or how to get him there. Instead, he was trying to redirect the HN to temporary berthing overnight. The HN became increasingly frustrated dealing with the complex Air Force transportation system, so I went over and asked if I could help. What I discovered was disturbing. This young man didn’t even know what country he was in.
Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - We Don't Really Take Care of Our People, But We Could
By Commander David M. Ray, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)