The plane ride over was great! It was 14 hours long but we had movies and tv shows on demand. Once we walked off the plane it was like hitting a wall of heat. It feels like you are holding a blow dryer on your face even at night. The living quarters on the base in Qatar were really nice. We had phones and tvs in our rooms as well as air conditioning! The base was an R and R site for soldiers serving in the Middle East. (Rest and Relaxation) They are actually allowed to drink here, only three beers though. There was a huge swimming pool and lounge areas that looked like night clubs. We all bought stunning swimwear, compliments of the PX, and spent two hours beating the troops at volley ball! We were able to meet the Colonel on base and take a picture with him. The picture gets put into a special book of morale visitors. We signed next to our picture and were able to flip through it. Some that signed before us include other cheerleaders, bands, and even George and Barbara Bush! We were honored to be a part of something so special to this location. We performed our first show at the airforce base. The stage that we performed on was amazing. It was also the location where General Franks announced to the media that we were going to war! The show went so well. You would all be so proud. There were about 500 troops there cheering us on! We are about to board a C-130 heading for Afghanistan, wish us luck! We will be in touch soon. If the rest of the trip goes as well as our first day we will be making such a difference here. Hope all is well at home!
Eileen is making a great fearless leader!
Love you all, Emily, Autumn, Kaitlin B, Melissa, Jill R, Stefanie J, Jenica, Jessica Z, Eileen