Oxford Debrief

Leading up to the Oxford Debrief

There were many things going on leading up to our Oxford Debrief. Normally, immediately following a deployment, we would debrief. This was kind of like a deployment after action review. The entire team that set up the response would meet somewhere in the world. During this time, representatives from the Headington Institute would be on hand for any psychological issues. Continue reading → Oxford Debrief

Lake Naivasha National Park

Lake Naivasha National Park

Departing the shortest deployment ever in the Sahel, I left for Nairobi on May 16, 2012. This would be a good trip for a dual SRMT and HEAT course. The best part of this trip would be the finale after the training. Most of the trainers would take a day to adventure in Lake Naivasha National Park. But the training would be first on the docket. Continue reading → Lake Naivasha National Park

The Sahel

The Sahel

Since my visit to Honduras in March of 2012, there was a lot of speculation on the next response. South Sudan had been brewing, but settled somewhat. As I was boarding the plane back to Costa Rica, I got that call from Chris in Mali. This was the coup and he and Chris needed an evacuation plan. After that, I headed to Mexico, never thinking there could be a requirement in the Sahel. Continue reading → The Sahel

Winds of Change & Mexico

Winds of Change

During the spring of 2012, many things seemed to be churning. The winds of change included my colleague in the GRRT was leaving the team. He had accepted a new role as a Regional Security Director. This meant an upcoming hiring process to replace him. I was also put on stand-by for a possible deployment to South Sudan. Continue reading → Winds of Change & Mexico

Wild Ride, Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

It was nice to have been able to spend a month in Costa Rica before my next trip. I had a deal of administrative tasks to do from the previous year. I was also planning now for my first trip in Central America since Colombia a year earlier. This time, Tegucigalpa, Honduras was on tap. Continue reading → Wild Ride, Honduras

South Africa II

South Africa – Again

When the first part of the CISM course was completed, it was back on the road. Flying from Cyprus back down to Cape Town, South Africa for two reasons. It was again time for our annual Humanitarian Operations Team meeting and some training. Continue reading → South Africa II

Jordan 2018

Jordan 2018

Normally I would be writing a story about my second trip to Cape Town following Cyprus. Instead, I want to fast forward to Jordan 2018. My blog posts may bounce from time-to-time, just to change things up. I wanted to write this story now while it is fresh in my mind and share with my followers. Continue reading → Jordan 2018

Cyprus

Palmares Harley Festival

Having the month of December free was nice. I had purchased my first Harley Davidson in mid 2011, a nice Sportster 1200. I already had my next trip in mind for mid-January, but really was taking some time enjoying riding around Costa Rica. Just prior to my trip to Cyprus, there was an event called the Palmares Harley Festival. This was usually the final event of the annual Palmares Festival. Continue reading → Cyprus

Phuket, Thailand (Part II)

HEAT Mode

The morning of November 19, 2011, we gathered in front of the Grand Mercure hotel to board the busses for the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach. SRMT over, we were in HEAT mode, in our lovely military style uniforms and ready to train. The lime green busses were waiting to take everyone to the new venue in luxury and comfort. Continue reading → Phuket, Thailand (Part II)

Phuket, Thailand (Part I)

Phuket, Thailand

I was only home from the HARD response for less than two weeks before I was off to assist with the SRMT/HEAT course in Phuket, Thailand. On November 11, 2011 I would board my first of four flights. My route took me from San Jose to Phuket via Dallas, Los Angeles and, Hong Kong. Arriving two days later on November 13, one could say I was pretty well jet lagged! Continue reading → Phuket, Thailand (Part I)