At the end of April, CIA’s very own, Tom Evers, got the opportunity to teach a Mobile Crane Inspector program for the American Society of Safety Engineers, Kuwait Chapter (ASSE). Since all of the students were engineers, you can imagine that they were all pretty bright. They all passed their inspector exams with a 91% or better!
This was Tom’s first time visiting Kuwait, but not his first time in the Middle East. Tom has also ventured to Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Baharain! Tom’s first experience in Kuwait was very interesting, to say the least. He was picked up at the airport by one of the ASSE students and within the first few minutes of driving, noticed that other Kuwait drivers drove incredibly fast. They also tailgated one another and probably deserved multiple moving violations according to American standards. On separate occasions, he even witnessed a few car accidents!
When Tom arrived at the Safir Hotel, a Chief of Staff of the US Air Force walked past him to check-in. He thought, “Well, if this is good enough for him, it’ll definitely be good enough for me!” This place was a gorgeous, 5 star hotel, right next to the Persian Gulf. Tom had a great view of it from his hotel window!
Another interesting tidbit about Kuwait is that they eat their dinners very late at night. Tom worked from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and usually ate dinner with everyone else at about 11:00pm! The nice thing about that was that Tom was able to meet the nationally-sponsored, Kuwait Powered Paragliding Team in his spare time. (For those of you who don’t know, Tom is an avid, powered para-glider/paramotorist.) This also freed up time for him to hang out with a Sultan that he met, who is pictured to the right, and really showed him a great time on his visit.
There was a little bit of a language barrier for Tom and the people of Kuwait, but he powered through it and held a successful mobile inspector training program. He was even asked by the ASSE to come back again to hold more training programs. You can see more pictures below.
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