Tom wouldn’t show up until about 10:00am that day. He was busy working – and as I didn’t have many questions yet – didn’t stick around much. He was off – and ready to get home.
Settling into work wasn’t too hard at first – being a comm. shack – since the comm. was working, there really wasn’t much for us to do. We found the 42” wide screen TV a nice way to pass the time – with the plethora of movies present – left behind by the 111th (ASOC – the guys we were replacing) as well as the AFN, or Armed Forces Network, our very own military cable company – that ran a movie channel, FoxNews, CNN, the Family Channel, and a few other various channels with sports, news, movies and TV shows. We had some paperwork to fill out – to get our access to the various computer networks that we needed for email and what not, and this also took time. Since we were the system administrators we were able to set up the accounts with the guys in the shop ourselves, but we had to be added to the correct groups before we were actually able to do that. So the first few days consisted of waiting for those accounts to be established so we could work. While they didn’t take that long, waiting to get back ‘on net’ was a wait. Being a computer guy, with no computer access – that was a bit difficult – but we had things to do. MG Kennedy had some issues that we were able to work on for him, and then we set about organizing the Comm Shack into *our* work environment – not the 111th’s.