Life lessons: My time in Honduras

I was in the US Air Force in 1996 when they sent us to Honduras on a humanitarian service mission. I was stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.

I remember the day we left Tinker for Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. The wind chill factor was 30 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. When we landed in Honduras it was 95 degrees and had been cooling off for the day already. We all experienced a 125 degree temperature change in a 4 hour flight.

Our mission was to provide communications support to Army and Air Force guard and reserve civil engineering troops. The mission of this joint service task force was to go into the local villages and build roads and schools and medical clinics and fix up damaged buildings. We did not work from Soto Cano, we moved out and built 2 base camps, a main camp and a forward camp. I spent time at both and was part of the ranger team for both. A ranger team goes in and sets up the tents known as the cantonment area.

The first six days I was out in the field at the main camp building it and we had no water except the hot bottles on the pallets that were lifted in by helicopter along with us. We ate Meals Ready to Eat better known as MRE’s or what some might call field rations. This was about the same time they were introducing the MRE heater in some of the packs. It is a chemical pouch that when mixed with water causes a reaction that heats the water to boiling. It made some of the meals taste a little better however we relied heavily on the tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce when we ate them.

The conditions we were living in were daily life for the village we were camped at the edge of at the forward base camp.

It was a circle of adobe mud built homes.

They had no running water and no electricity and in truth once we were set up we were living better than they were.

I found a small red scorpion in my cot and we had a tarantula den outside of our tent.

The average daily temperature was over 100 with 80-90% humidity.

There was no air conditioning except the unit in our communications shelter that was in place to keep the equipment from overheating.

The people in this village were the happiest people I have ever seen.

Now tell me why your life sucks ass.

Tell me how social media makes your life worth living?

Explain to me why we need social media?

Explain to me why you need a smart phone in order to be happy and live a life worth living?

Defend why luxury is necessary in society?

Or you could do something in your community to make the community better for everyone.

I personally look at everyone with over a million in the bank and challenge them to spend it on the community they live in to make it better for everyone.

If you have over a million in the bank why haven’t you bought someone a house who needed one?

Why aren’t you donating huge amounts of money on a regular basis to make sure the homeless are taken care of and given the opportunities to make a living?

It is evil to hoard and hoarding money is no different than hoarding anything else.


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