Sunday, March 30, 2008
Return to Afghanistan
As it is, uh, forward, so to speak, I do not know if I will have internet access. If I do - hopefully I have some interesting things to post. If not, I charge CSM Bones and the Inner Prop with keeping this thing up and running until I get back.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sweet ride, Dude.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The Geometry Was All Wrong!
Ha. My apologies, but I happen to be a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft and the Running Dog had sent me a most well done e-mail in that idiom.
I wasn't going to blog anything about the Ziggurat at Ur (and so I told a fellow milblogger), as it has been done by other, earlier Milbloggers. And it is kind of like writing about the Eiffel Tower when you go to Paris - none too unique. But the place made quite an impression on me, perhaps with the BA and MA in History it was fated to do so.
Mighty Ur was one of the predominant cities of early civilization in Mesopotamia. For many years she held a place of power or wealth. The shifting course of the Euphrates, and the retreat of the Gulf coastline left her abandoned. Thousands of years later, here I am standing over her dust covered foundations. One mighty temple to her God of the Moon, was her one remaining, imposing edifice.
Of course, I did see signs of commerce returning to Ur...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
A Solemn Time
The Memorial Wall
Their friends and fellow Soldiers told us about them in their eulogies; they were husbands, fathers, and sons. And they were United States Army Soldiers all.
Their stories differed, to be sure, but they all came back in the end to the impact they made – the NCO who was a friend and mentor, the cheerful soldier who never left a comrade without a good word or thought, the soldier with the great desire to serve and to help. The final call of the roll, Taps being played…it hits home in a way that is hard to describe.
I hope all of you will spare a thought or a prayer for the families of the three latest to give their last and their all, and tus were added to the solemn roll; SSG Juantrea T. Bradley, SPC Tenzin L. Samten, and SPC Dustin C. Jackson. Though I know it unlikely, I hope to God they are the last names placed on the Memorial Wall here.
UPDATE: I have closed comments on this. Take the arguments elsewhere.
Monday, March 17, 2008
NGAI and Major John
They put out a monthly newsletter / newspaper and what did I find in it when I flipped through today; the photo on the left here.
I believe this was the night fire portion of what they described as the .50 caliber machine gun. I can't tell from the photo if it is MJ's nemesis, Ma Deuce or some new fangled replacement. I never had the opportunity to fire the M2 so I'm not that familiar with it.
This went with a nice little article about the unit and their deployment. I'll be sending that to MJ by email.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The pool is closed?!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Woman's Day in Afghanistan
Afghan Women's Art Display
Thursday, March 13, 2008
A terrible day
BTW - the AP calls it "Combat Outpost Adder" when it is really "Contingency Operating Base Adder" A small thing, perhaps - but indicative of a general lack of understading and attention to detail. Also note the needless inclusion of polling data in a "news" story. I should be used to that from the Associated Press...
Please spare a thought and a prayer for the families of the dead and wounded.