Friday, September 29th, 2017
Maria Bond - 10/2/2017 1:36:28 PM
Today was another long day. Just to give you an idea, I was up at 5 a.m. and worked out to at least try to get some exercise to keep me motivated. I was at my command post by 0700 hours. After the morning briefs where we started the day off creating a contingency plan to create long and short-term stability operations, we received our first alert that an inbound flight may be coming. Day operations consisted of discussing how we might operate by demobilizing most of our civilian partners and utilizing a crisis response team package from Ft. Jackson (Moncrief Hospital, The VA, the Aerospace Commission, and my FCC Columbia National Disaster Medical System). The C-130 flight finally arrived after midnight and we did our thing of triaging and offloading these patients to transport them to hospitals. Through my burning eyes, I see this big burly full bird Army Colonel. I thought to myself, no way, but I sure think I know that guy. I thought what the heck, so I yelled out his name. To my surprise, I did know him. He and I served together in the Indiana National Guard. I ran over and gave him a big handshake and of course took a picture with him because no one would have believed it. I finally closed my eyes at 0200 hrs. That was a 21 hour day. Hmmmmm, no pity party, it was a good day!