Another call from Evan to Beth. She relays he’s doing fine. Still patrolling streets near
The interesting news was that he was notified he would be granted leave soon. That’s two weeks back home in the
He mentioned he spends a lot of time taking vehicles to the motor pool for repair. The streets are rough, and Humvees are surprisingly susceptible to problems. Power steering hoses pop, and you lose control—not good.
The engine’s moving parts are connected by one long serpentine belt. If it breaks—which is common, they’re completely out of commission. It must be a pretty anxious moment to break down on an Iraqi street. I read a lot in the press how much of the army’s equipment has broken down, so I’m not surprised.
The Humvee was designed during the Cold War to cruise the cool or snow-bound paved highways of