Sunday, February 25, 2007

Doc's Blog

Doc, one of my buddies on the Embedded Traning (or Transition) Team (ETT) just started his blog.

Click here to check it out.

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Easy Button

Well... I thought that since I'm going to go be moving to contact with the ACM (Taliban guys... bad guys... the enemy), I better get all the stuff I need to tip the scale in my favor. So, I bought one of these...


It's going in the Hummer.

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Some Photos from Fort Riley


First Night At Fort Riley


The Next Morning

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Actual Training

Well, it's Saturday morning and I have to go do some SERE training. I should have the rest of the weekend off after lunch. Yesterday I did some of PT. I did a 1/2 hour on the elliptical machine, played a little bit of basket ball (actually it was probably no more that 5 minutes. I really hate basketball and I suck at it, but I wanted to try to bond with my ETT buddies) and then lifted weights with Doc. I'm still hovering at 223 lbs. I'm eating too much in the DFAC. I've been trying to cut back... I'll just have to try harder.

Oh, yeah, I received 4 new sets of ACUs yesterday. I put those in my "toughbox" for when I get over there. I used to wear a MR top and bottoms in BDUs, but I got fat, so I had to move up to the LR in the ACU. We had to go through a line and a DA civilian sized us. He said I was a LL top. I guess I have a long torso. The sleeves are too long, but the Velcro (excuse me, hook and pile fastener) will help keep my hands from disappearing.

I finally bought Warcraft III. It's pretty fun and gives me something to do while I'm waiting for the next in-processing/training event.

Till next time... Rock, Rock on! (Thanks for the Trogdor, MB).

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

National Guard Soldiers

I am currently living in barracks that are pretty nice. We'll be in them for about another week, and then it's back to the FOB at Camp Funston. We are living on a floor with some lower enlisted regular army guys. They are pigs. Basically, every morning, a 1LT and a SFC sweep and mop the hallway. Today was my day. It couldn't be an easier task, that's why it blows my mind that in this modern "Army of One" the other floors of this barracks look like someone drove a tractor down the hall way. When I was a private in the regular army, I would have been smoked into oblivion for living like that. The National Guard guys in my team don't want to live like that.

This morning, I ran with Doc again. We ran the 2.75 mile loop 2 minutes faster than we did on Tuesday.

Nothing else to report at this time. It's pretty boring here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

More from Fort Riley.

Well, things are slow here at Fort Riley. I finally have a dependable internet connection. So I can now check my e-mail and hit the blog. However, there's really not a lot to report. We had some briefings about Fort Riley policies and stuff like that. We had some other things that we needed to get done today, but we couldn't get it done because everyone else was trying to get it done at the same time. So we have to go back on Friday. My arm is starting to itch just a bit from the smallpox vaccine, but it's not too bad so far. I went running with Doc who's our PA on the team. He's pretty cool and I'm glad we have him on the team. The run was difficult for me. I've really chunked out over the last year or so and it's not as flat here as you might think.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Good Times at Fort Riley

Well, I've been here at Fort Riley since Sunday and this is the first time I've been able to get on the Internet. I think I'll have better access in Afghanistan. Things are good. Nothing really to report of great interest. I've been issued a bunch of stuff... some of this stuff, I have brought with me... so now I have too much stuff. I'll have to send some of it home and keep a few items that will be good to have as spares. It's been really cold and snowy here. I've gone running twice and it was not fun. Partly because I am way out of shape... and partly because running into the wind when it's 2 degrees out is just not fun.

I have gotten a lot of shots and I got nailed with the smallpox vaccine. My arm has only itched a little so far. I'm sure it will be unbearable in a day or two. But hey... If someone ever hits me with it... I'll be good to go.

I went to Manhattan, KS today... nothing to exciting to see.

I'm hoping that I'll be able to post more as soon as I can reliably get on the net.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Well... I'm Off.

I'm headed to Fort Riley today.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Recycling, Army SF Style

It's all about Afghanistan...

FIREBASE MAHOLIC, Afghanistan (AP) - Osama bin Laden built it. Taliban leader Mullah Omar lived in it. But today it's the Green Berets who call it home. Firebase Maholic, a sprawling and spacious compound on the outskirts of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, is plush living by typical U.S. Special Forces standards......

The Green Berets can relax in front of a doublewide fireplace in the cafeteria, admire the three catfish in the nearby two-tier fountain or take a dip in the swimming pool _ a rarity in Afghanistan...

Read the whole story here...

I stole this from Banter in Atlanter so a H/T to the Doctor.

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