From Graham -
So it's about time I write my own post, and tell everyone what I do on a daily basis. It's not all tapas and tinto drinking, but I get plenty of that anyway. I usually get up with the sun (although it's not that early -- sunrise here is about 8) and leave Meghann and Chloe sleeping. And I usually get to leave around 3 or so in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time for fun Spanish activities like the beach, siestas, and golf.
While at work, my official titles are "Air Operations Facilities Manager" and "Detachment Coordinator." For facilities, I'm in charge of over 10 buildings' upkeep -- exciting, I know. I don't actually have to do the work, just decide which jobs take priority, ensure we have money to pay for them, and make sure they are finished. Most of the work is done by Spanish nationals, which is one reason I plan on taking Spanish classes. But, I'm with you, and I'd rather read about fun travels in Europe than fixing leaking pipes and broken toilets, so I'll leave it at that. For Detachments, I am responsible for any planes and their crews who come through Rota for operations, not just on their way somewhere else. While I am not in charge of any of the day-to-day flying that the Air Force's AMC (Air Mobility Command), I do get to see them all the time. AMC flies all the "MAC flights" you hear about, as well as moving military cargo, aircraft, vehicles, and personnel around the world on a daily basis. I know, I thought it was funny that the Navy at a Navy base was in charge of the USAF, too. I guess the government knows who actually is the better service.
Overall, it's not that exciting. At least compared to landing on the boat at night. But, it's a good job with great hours. I get to live in an amazing place with my new wife. I get to experience a lifestyle and culture that I otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity for. I'd say I'm winning.
|A shot of the base.|
|C-5 Galaxy - The USAF's largest cargo plane. A lot of these come through every day on different missions around the world.|
|Just to give you an idea of how much space is in a C-5, two of these Chinook helos easily fit with room for more cargo and plenty of people.|
|The C-15 Globemaster, slightly smaller than the C-5.|
|The C-17 can hold a lot of cargo, too.|
|Omni Air flys a Boeing 777 into Rota on contract, transporting hundreds of military members and their families to the world's bases. This is how I got to Rota back in May.|
We do occasionally get other aircraft here, like a NASA plane last week. But that covers most of it. Oh, except...
|C-26 Metroliner. This is what the station pilots in Europe fly, which is what I wanted to do.|
|Instead, I fly one of these.|