Friday, October 28, 2005
Finally, some internet access
Hey everyone, I am down in hurricane torn Mississippi. I finally got on internet down here. It's hard to find. I'm paying $4 for one hour.
Several dozen of the guys and I all went in on purchasing a dish for our barraks so we can have our own internet. It will only run us a few dollars a month. So hopefully as of November 2nd I will be updating this site more frequently.
Training has been marginal at best. We do more training in a regular guard drill weekend than the command down here has us do in two weeks. It's hot and muggy during the day, and freezing at night. Guess I'm getting used to the desert already :)
My beautiful wife is due with our baby any day/week now. I'll get to come home for a short emergancy leave. I'm looking forward to it, and am really excited to come home for a bit. We have been down here just shy of a month, but it feels like forever.
I can't wait to get out of Mississippi and into the sandbox. It doesn't help that this state is in competition with Louisiana to see who gets voted as the most illiterate state in the union. (trust me it comes out in the training).
So, things could be better, and they could be worse. It's just a matter of how you look at that glass of water.
The food is pretty good, but repetative. Our immediate command is pretty squared away, but the upper chain of command is lacking severely on common sense. If something makes sense, we don't do it. Whoever said the army is tough wasn't referring to the job, they were reffering to having to deal with people who's 6th grade education is the only thing that makes up for a severe lack of common sense.
Sorry sorry sorry. No more complaining.
I couldn't wish for a better group of guys to be deploying with. Most of the guys here are my close friends on the civilian side too. BJ lost 40 pounds in one month so he could come with us. One guy started drilling in his home town of Bemidji with us so he could deploy (his home of residence is KY. now that is a commute! Needless to say, we all support each other and keep our moral as high as we can.
Thats the thing that keeps you all together, the brotherhood under arms.
I just completed a 32 hour course in army GPS systems. It helps us know where we are when traveling. (boring stuff let me say)
Shortly we will be getting into what we do best, walking through simulated Iraqi towns, urban combat and survival, advance weapon systems training, convoy escorts etc
It will be a long 5 months before we end up going over, and longer still once we're there. I just take it a day at a time. It's the only thing you can do.
Well, I'll update more when I can.