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Extreme Heat Upon Arrival in Qatar

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Extreme Heat Upon Arrival in Qatar

When we first arrived, we, I jumped on the plane and arrived, and like I said we did all the, you know, training prior to going there for what we were supposed to be going into and then when you arrived, you know, they gave you some, you know certain things that you had, procedures that you had to follow. And then from there and then they said, “Well, when we open up the door of the plane, it’s like we are going to be going into a semi-warzone and we have to be prepared for what is going to happen and when we open up the door of the plane, it’s going to be like opening up your oven door of your oven at home.” And you looked at this and you couldn’t see, and you couldn’t fathom this, so they hand you a litre of water, and said, ‘Poor this litre of water into you and drink it down,” and then giving you a briefing of saying, “Every day you have to maintain, drinking water, you know approximately 4 or 5 litres of water to sustain your body needs.” So you think about this and being, like I’m being a young man and everything like that in the military and I’m saying, “Okay, this is real.” As soon as they open up the door of the plane is was like Phewww! And you go “Oh my God!” It was just like pulling your oven door down and going, the heat was like, and you go “Wow” and it was like, and then that’s when it started and then that’s when your realism said, “We are in the desert, we are in, you know, a zone,” and that’s what had happened.

Mr. Hynes describes in detail the feeling of getting off the plane in Qatar and experiencing extreme heat conditions..

Gerald Hynes

Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Hynes was born October 6, 1963 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following in his father’s footsteps, Mr. Hynes decided to join the navy and take on the trade of cook. Spending 27 years in the military, Mr. Hynes lived in Germany with his family and during this time in service, was provided an opportunity to join the contingent going to Persian Gulf War. Mr. Hynes expresses his pride for the service he gave to our Country, now retired from the military he resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 27, 2016
Person Interviewed:
Gerald Hynes
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Persian Gulf
Gulf War

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