Vehicles

Blackhawk leaving the scene

I'm playing with YouTube. You know me--I like to stay comfortably two years behind the power curve.


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Heavy metal

Heavy metal

This was known to us only as "the EOD truck," EOD being Explosive Ordnance Disposal a.k.a. the bomb-lickers, but it appears to be a Cougar HEV in the 6x6 configuration. All I know is that it was filled with fun toys for girls and boys and that it was extraordinarily heavy.

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Canadian LAV-III

Canadian LAV-III

This is one of the Canadian LAV-IIIs we worked alongside during the last few weeks of operations before we started packing up to head home. They are the same basic platform as our Stryker vehicles. These ones all mounted the 25mm Bushmaster cannon, among other various and sundry implements of destruction. One of them was kind enough to give our Humvee a nudge when we had become stuck in the mud and the column was leaving us behind. Since RPGs were landing less than 100m to our rear, it was a matter of some urgency and excitement.

This was taken on or about Thanksgiving Day 2006. We blew the crap out of some bad guys and then went back to base for turkey and stuffing.

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Infidel

Infidel

A CH-47 Chinook from WA state brought us to our first mission in Naray. There wasn't much in the way of colorful nose art for the birds in theater, but this one was clever and just a little irreverent. The crew all had patches with this design on their helmet; as the chief said, "That's what they consider us anyway, so we might as well own it."

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Cars should not have geologic layers.

I decided to clean out the inside of my car this afternoon, just to pick up acquired trash and vacuum out the pine needles and so forth, and while doing so I really looked at the exterior for once. There was moss.

No. That is entirely unsat.

Time to play the game

Time to play the game

This is one of the special forces trucks that were providing a scouting and pathfinding element for a convoy we were on. Note the open back--our humvees are almost invariably of the uparmored "turtleback" variety--and the extra weaponry on the back. Punisher logos are rather common out there.

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Mounting up at sunrise

Mounting up at sunrise

I'll be honest--I really don't know what this vehicle is. A big truck of some kind. One of my Navy teammates is shown here walking toward the camera from this truck, which he had been riding in.

We had been in a large convoy--100+ vehicles plus 3 or 4 circling helicopters--for a day at this point, and having gotten kind of stuck/lost/confused/angry/tired by 2300 hours, we circled the wagons and slept for a few hours until daylight made our new path clear. This scene is from shortly after sunrise as vehicles and crews get ready to face a new day with what I had dubbed Task Force Moses--because we were probably going to be wandering the desert for 40 years.

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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.

Prelude to a convoy

Prelude to a convoy

Quick note

I did a slalom on gravel in an up-armored Humvee yesterday. I highly recommend this if ever the opportunity arises.

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