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View through the M2

View through the M2

During one of our endless convoys, a fairly large vehicle broke down and we were stuck for several hours while they tried to get it moving again. Since I was riding in a vehicle of mechanics, I got to man the .50 caliber machine gun while they worked on the broken thing.

Fortunately, no one came calling because I have only the vaguest notions of how to operate this weapon.

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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.

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Humvees at sunset

Humvees at sunset

The HMMWV in question looks more like a tank because of the .50-cal turret and the angle. It's perched on a ridge, perhaps 400 meters away.

Afghanistan has beautiful sunsets, gorgeous stars, and very little else to recommend it. The mountains are beautiful, I suppose, if you don't have to live on them or hike up them.

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Picture of the Moment: 28JUL06

Picture of the Moment: 28JUL06

I'm not promising a picture of the day, but I'll upload one as the mood strikes me. I took over 450 pictures while I was gone. Some of them are pretty good.

In this one, a CH-47 Chinook takes off from a supply drop--heading down. Read more for details.

Range behind the range


The mountain range behind the firing range. On a clear day, the horizon looks like this in every direction.

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Team movement drills

Team movement drills

Some of the other teams practice movement drills a few days before heading to the live fire range.

Bagram before the storm

Bagram before the storm

Prelude to a convoy

Prelude to a convoy

Knives

Knives

My sharp shinies.

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