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Uniform

Uniform

I submitted this image to Military Motivator, but it either slipped through the cracks or was deemed not quite proper.

This is, of course, one of my team leaders in Afghanistan, about whom I have posted before. His sins against the uniform never ceased to amaze me.

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[Edit: I spoke too soon; maybe he just had a backlog. Anyway, this one made MM a few weeks ago.]

By request

By request

The great thing about Picasa is that you can turn an accidentally out-of-focus image into an intentionally out-of-focus image and somehow that makes it better.

Inspired by comments in this post at Rachel Lucas' blog. Plus, my child is ridiculously cute and needs another photo posted.

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1 month

1 month

Ian is one month old now--and some change. Last Tuesday, he was up to 8 lbs, 5 oz. He is holding his head up a good deal more, and to his original two facial expressions (Suspicious and Accusatory), he has added Confused and Puzzled and Indifferent and Surprised and Pleading. It's pretty cool.

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Don't steal this baby

Don't steal this baby

He's being changed on the examination table. The shirt proclaims:

Naval Hospital
Bremerton, Washington
Possession of this property outside the hospital
area is in violation of "Article 108 UCMJ" and
constitutes theft by conversion.

It was unclear whether this warning referred to the shirt or the baby wearing it. I suggested to my wife that as a military spouse, she is not actually subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but we regretfully elected not to snag one.

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Sore loser

Sore loser

Yes, this image is blatantly posed, which I normally abhor, but darn it, he's really cute.

And he's actually unhappy because he's hungry.

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Mugshot

Mugshot

Not a lot of contrast, but this is the siglet at birth +1 or +2 days; I forget which.

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My life has officially changed again.

My life has officially changed again.

Born 1210 local time on 28FEB08 at the local naval hospital, measuring 20.5" long and 7 lbs 3 oz, I present to you my son and heir, better known as Siglet but officially known as Ian Anthony.

SitRep to follow. Eventually. =)

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[Edit: added the date; sorry for the confusion.]

Comes from his mother's side

Comes from his mother's side

...and in yesterday's ultrasound, you can clearly see my firstborn son giving us the finger. Except for redacting certain personally identifying information, this photo is not edited.

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PS- By the way, we're having a son.

The touristy part of Afghanistan

The touristy part of Afghanistan

This is from Operation Wayward Donkey, our first op, in the NE part of the country along the Pakistan border. Truly amazing landscape to fly over. I don't recommend any other method of travel, frankly; the infrastructure is a little lacking. Of particular interest to me was the terracing for the agriculture; there is so little actual flat land in this region that you will see tiny little terraces on insane slopes as the locals try to farm wherever they can find dirt.

If they could put in some roads, build a few hotels, and stop killing each other for selling cigarettes to Americans, this could be a real touristy area.

This part of the coutry exists solely to convince foreigners that "it's not so bad here." We would never see green again.

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"....Re-up? You're outta your mind!"

"....Re-up? You're outta your mind!"

I wish I'd thought to get names, but this is some joe from C/2-87 INF taking a moment from our busy mission of getting mortared and shot at to re-enlist in the United States Army. This was on a ridgeline deep in Helmand province last summer, where we were attacked four times during our 18-day visit.

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