We Built This City

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 2

More of the same today. Which is going to be most days I expect. We were up a little before six and were at it a little before seven.

Our mission is to build a tent city to support all the troops that will be coming in to help. We have what is called a DRBS, Disaster Relief Bed-down System. It comes complete with tents, generators, cots, toilets, showers, water purifier, a whole mess of stuff. I’m not sure exactly how many of these kits are coming down but I heard we’re going to be putting together somewhere close to 76 tents. It’s not complicated, but it can be time consuming. And the fact that it was raining for pretty much of the day didn’t help much either.

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This is my first time meeting a lot of guys from the other shops, and some from Camp Perry. It’s nice to finally be getting to know these guys. Granted I’ve been in for a little over a year now, but most of that year has been spent away. It’s also nice to be able to get to do what I signed up to do so early. As my brother put it, “Ten years and I’ve never had to respond to a natural disaster. You’re in a year and are in the Virgin Islands…Crazy.”

We haven’t ventured much into the island yet, and I’m not sure how much we will considering that our entire mission is to set up this site. But we’re going to be here a while so who knows. There are rumors about when we would be back and some of them are actually plausible, but given the situation we won’t know that we’re going home until we get off the plane at home.

Though I did learn that food packs aren’t just for babies:

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Author: Jonathan Rodriguez-Lucas

I've traveled the world, but the exploration never ends. I've run marathons, but the race is far from over. I've completed life goals, but strive for more. I have questions with no answers, and answers to questions I've yet to ask.

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