Thursday, January 10, 2008

First video feed on the way

As I type this, satellite dishes in Iraq and Minneapolis are lining up with the Galaxy 11 satellite to relay video shot by me on the flight line in Balad Iraq with Minnesota National Guard helicopter crews and mechanics this morning to dinner tables in Minnesota this evening. I expect that it will be running on the 4:30pm and 6:00pm news on KSTP Channel 5, and then should be availible on their website later this evening.

It's pretty amazing to interview a soldier here in Iraq, and say "Oh, by the way call you family, and tell them to watch the news TONIGHT!"

The ability to do this without a crew of people and a truck load of equipement is made possible by a military system called DVIDS, which is installed at many military bases around the world, and is being provided to us free of charge (well not really free... it's your tax dollars at work... but it's a great opportunity for us to be able to take advantage of this asset).

Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you made it. Too bad we don't get the MSP news coverage here in Des Moines.

Day by Day, by Chris Muir (updated daily)

Chris Muir is the cartoonist that I met in Kuwait. He spent two weeks in Iraq at the same time I was there in February 2007, and so thought it would relevant to showcase his work on my site. Here is a link to Chris' humorous travelogue of this Iraq trip: