A day in the life of an air traffic controller

Life aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

I woke up this morning to the sound of multi-million dollar aircraft recovering (the word we use for landing) on our flight deck. I had an hour to get to work and I still had to eat. I walked down the three flights of stairs to the mess decks.

After I ate, I went up to work, where everyone was getting ready for the next launch. I was on position for the rest of the day so I was glad I got some food before work.

Today we had over 50 missions to fly over Afghanistan and not a lot of time to do it. We went non-stop from 9:30 in the morning until 10:00 at night, accomplishing everything we set out to do at the beginning of the day.

I always look forward to the end of the day, not because I get to go to sleep, but it’s finally a decent time to call home.

The time change was a lot to get used to. If it’s noon out here, it would be 4:00 in the morning back home, so I have to plan accordingly. Now that the day is done and all the planes are back on deck safe its time to rest for another day.

Until next time it’s off to the rack for some rest.

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