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"SIGINT: Danger Close"

"Keeping your boring stupid secrets since 2005"

"For the love of all that is holy and right in the universe, stop talking."

Or the unofficial LLVI motto: "Listen. Tell. Run like hell."


Awards ceremonies and NCO stabbin'

I was strongly encouraged to talk with a counselor about my combat stress. It's hard to explain that it's not properly combat stress at all--really, it's noncombat stress, from all of the people I did not stab who really really needed it.

Overheard in the B-hut

[quote]Sig: You know what the worst part is about how any drunk monkey can get E-5? [Sergeant]

Chaos: What's that?

Sig: I still don't have it. What does that mean?

SSG Smallville: The system works.[/quote]

Random Journal Bits, Episode II: Mountain Thrust

08JUN06, 1005: “Yesterday, I bitched about not having anything to write about. As if in direct response, today I have crippling back pain.”

09JUN06, 0633: “I would probably sleep better at night documenting giant tanks than the Elder Gods, however.”

Overheard on the ridgeline

[quote]SSG Smallville: “OK, new team rule: every time we arrive somewhere new, one of you needs to sing songs about my deeds.”[/quote]


Overheard in the B-hut

We were discussing Big Red’s ambitions to be an astronaut. Or senator. Or writer.
[quote]Sig: “I can hardly criticize. I’m 28 and I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. I am pretty sure I don’t want to be a professional deployer, though.”

SSG Smallville: “I dunno, it’s worked for me. One more tour and I get a toaster oven.”[/quote]

Random Journal Bits, Episode 1: Mountain Lion

24APR06, 1140: “SSG [name] is one of those people who must take a good idea (picking up trash, for example) and turn it into his very own, very bad idea (starting a controlled burn on the hillside where the trash is—without water or even a shovel to control it).”

The hidden politics of tactical kitten rescue

Though it’s not entirely a secret, my job in the Army is not generally one of those that gets a lot of press. The OPSEC aspect of things is kind of a joke, since absolutely everyone out here knows what we do—bad guys included, no doubt—but pretenses must be maintained. For the purposes of this discussion, my job is to rescue kittens from trees.

The Illustrated Turret Gunner

The Illustrated Turret Gunner

A helpful guide to the modern turret gunner for those of you following at home.

Asinine blog linking happiness

[quote]Despite what you may have heard on Fox News, we Democrats know what issues are on the minds of heartland conservatives like you. We know that your number one concern of is the safety of your children -- whether they are plucking their banjos on the back porch, speaking tongues to snakes at Jesus Camp, or torching crosses at your local Nascar racing contest. We also know that the number one threat to your children's safety is the scourge of international homo-ism. That's why we at the DNC have created "The Contract With American Hillbillies," a new multipoint investigation program to identify and root out conservative stealth homoism before it threatens you or your precious little inbreeds.[/quote]

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