9 FEB 02

Hey Dr. Uddin,

How is the professor life treating you? All is as good as it could get here. I am aboard the U.S.S. Roosevelt in the North Arabian Sea. We have been at sea for 140 days without making a port call. We are about to set a record for a carrier to be sea without visiting a port. We have been doing the same missions over Afghanistan since the second week the war started. I fly in the Navy's E-2C Hawkeye. It is a radar plane that basically runs the show as far as stationing bombers and getting them targets to drop on. As you could guess, we were pretty busy, but have been at a relatively slow pace since stability has come over Afghanistan. I do my job and I do it very well (my supervisors say), but I would still rather be doing some engineering jobs back at home.

I have become familiar with your home country. I do not think I will ever forget the names of places like Quetta, Panjgur, Pasni, Islamabad, Karachi, and others. To some extent your home country reminds me of the U.S. The eastern portion is very civilized and developed, while the western half towards Iran is like the American "Wild West". Open desert and mountains as far as the eye can see, from up in the air. The territory is impressive and intimidating, to say the least.

I have enclosed a check for $50 made out to you. Hopefully it can be used for the Canoe team's bills this year. If not, then buy some software, paper, disks, or anything else the students could use. Use it for whatever you would like, even PIZZA.

Once again, I thank you for all that you have done for me in college, you were a fantastic professor. I wish you and your family all of the best.

-Lieutenant J.G., U.S. Navy

Ben Sale

* The postcard is of us over Fallon, Nevada, during winter training. Ironic, but the territory of Fallon is almost identical to Afghanistan.