Editor's note: Lance Cpl. Christopher Robert Perkins, a 2003 graduate of Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, sent the Daily Pilot a brief account of his duties and experiences as a Marine helicopter maintenance worker currently in Afghanistan with the HMH-363 unit. Perkins says he misses the Orange County Fair and would rather be there now than in the "dirt" in Afghanistan. He joined the Marines in March 2008, and recently ran into a 2004 Estancia High graduate, Cpl. Ian Paul Morton, on base.
So let me start with saying I'm not too good with my words, but what I am good with is helicopters and machine guns.
My experience here has been a bit of a trip. I left Hawaii last February on a plane with my unit. A few days later and a few countries later, I found myself here in Afghanistan.
Since we have gotten here, I have felt a lot of days that feel like I'm living in the movie "Groundhog Day," being that every day here is pretty much a repeat of the day before; minus a few things, well, and the fact that you can't just keep dying every day and coming back.