How to name a task force

Some task forces are merely numbered or otherwise designated, but most are given some sort of clever name. During Operation Mountain Thrust, I was attached to a task force named after a kind of mountain lion that no one had ever heard of—but as with the operation name itself, it sounded vaguely dirty.

"Are you winning?"

Dear Solider.

This is Dillon here. I thank you for protecting our country. If you are reading this I just want you to know that what you are doing for us is cool. I also am encouranging u to win the battle against who ever u r fighting.

My family and me[/quote]After the last sentence, I thought he might actually be an officer in our S-2; he seems to have the same grasp of our operations.

Peerless Leadership

Peerless Leadership

Our fearless team leader after a few weeks on the ridge. Each day brought a new blasphemy on his uniform--note the cuffed pants with inspirational message, decorative artwork on the t-shirt (with sleeves cut off), the new folds and "Sheriff" star on the hat. When we got back to Bagram, I hardly recognized him in a proper uniform with a cap and uniform top and everything.

Not that I was a paragon of AR 670-1 (the uniform reg) either, but still...


Field shower

Field shower

During our 18-day camping trip, it was mostly sunny. Very sunny. Oh how I hate the sun. Early in July, however, we had a few cloudy days, and once it even rained for about four minutes. This was not quite long enough to shower, but that did not stop my Navy petty officer team leader from trying.

Actually, it was more like a billion icy daggers into our skin than what this Washington son would call "rain," but it was worth a shot.


In honor of staff officers

The typical staff officer is a man past middle life, spare, wrinkled, intelligent, cold, noncommittal, with eyes like a codfish, polite in contact, but at the same time unresponsive, cool, calm and as damnably composed as a concrete post or plaster of Paris cast; a human petrification with a heart of feldspar and without charm or the friendly germ; minus bowels, passions or a sense of humor. Happily they never reproduce and all of them finally go to hell.

- Gen George S. Patton, Jr.

Operation Enduring Freedom VII

It's a pretty obvious topic if I'm going to start writing reviews.

8 rifles out of 10.

The Castle on Suck Hill

The Castle on Suck Hill

What happens when a story about dehydrated soldiers makes the AP wire service? We get water. A LOT of water.

An anecdote in which the media does us a favor, for a change.

Hell is this dusty.

Hell is this dusty.

As SSG Rice put it, "If I owned this place and Hell, I'd live in Hell and rent this place out."

This picture was taken by one of my teammates (either Big Red or Basstid; I'm not sure) at the Forward Logistic Element (FLE) during Operation Mountain Thrust. You'd see these big pillars of dust every once in a while, often caused by Chinook or Black Hawk overflights, which happened several times a day.


For sale: (slightly used) Dell server

It's finally time to part ways with my beloved server.

The Adventures of SPC Postal

"You say he had POSTAL and RAGE nametapes, once flicked his knife open and shut for three hours straight, and named his hand grenades, but you didn't suspect anything?"

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