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22 June 2005 @ 01:09 am
Good day!  
Ok.. the day started out pretty tame. We went to see the tower of babil again with a few who hadn't seen it yet. After two hours or so we all rally back up and start to head out. Just as we were leaving, two blackhawks fly by and take a look at the tower as well. SFC Bowen, gunning in the last truck, says he saw one crash. There was a rather large plume of black smoke billowing from somewhere over the next ridge. So we quickly develop a plan to rescue the occupants of the crashed helicopter. Smoot, SGT Hopper, our interpreter, and I were lead vehicle and tried to get as close to the site as we could. The road ended about 400 meters from the smoke. So we all dismount and head toward the site. Smoot says he thinks he can get the truck over the terrain and heads back. The rest of the convoy leaves and tries to find a road leading in. SGT Hopper, the interpreter, and I are covering ground best we can. Just as we peek the last little hill we see it's a damn brick factory. The smoke was from a kiln. Smoot drives over and picks us up just as the convoy found a way in. So for a good 10 minutes on the way back all you can hear on the radio is "We've got a brickyard down.. brickyard down!".

After that i got in an argument with a security guy from the Academy. We were trying to get in and he wanted everyone to get out of the trucks to be searched. He wanted to see all our IDs and they were running a mirror under all our trucks. I was pretty calm with the guy until he said "You'd better just get back in your truck.. this is my house." Then i had to remind him that it was us who took Iraq, not some private security company. It might be his house, but it's on my land. Thats the gist of it.. just with more pirate language in it.

Then tonight we had a mission to search a three story apartment building for weapons. Since all the people living there were inside the Academy, no one was allowed to have a weapon. The search went very well. Mize, me, Brooks, and Brewer were the first ones in (in that order) and we cleared the stairs up to the roof. Once the roof was cleared we searched everything top down. We were on the first floor before people started to realize something was going on. After everyone was moved outside the building, we started the weapons search. We found two ak47s, some body armor, and one 9mm beretta. Nothing too bad, but still not good. We turned the weapons and detainees over and called it a night.

There was a bunch more that happened but i think if i write any more.. it will be skimmed instead of read ;) Good night!
 
 
 
mperson on June 21st, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
a little adrenalin?
well, sounds like an interesting day. I'm sure everyone was glad it was just a brickyard!

I'm putting some foam adhesive nose pads (yup they were $1) in the mail tomorrow. I hope that's what you needed. Can't seem to buy actual nose pieces -- but I have an old pair of glasses that I'll take the nose piece off and send. Also got a small screwdriver for glasses so you can keep things tightened up. Called Ft Knox IACH today but they don't have a record of your last glasses prescription. If you have access to your med records it might be in there or if you have an extra pair of BCG you can send I can take those to an optometrist and get new glasses made. Might be good to have an extra pair with your 'active life style.' ;)

ly, m
Carnestibman on June 23rd, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
Re: a little adrenalin?
My army medical records have been transfered to the National Guard.. aka totally completely lost forever. I have tried to track them down. There was a copy sent to the records dept in St Louis. After this tour i'll try to get a copy from there. I'll get those glasses mailed out as soon as i can. The Mail people are supposed to stop by sometime this week. Thanks for the nose pads!
Dan: dragonwarraven on June 22nd, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
man, it sounds like you're busy busy busy. It's really good to read your journal, kinda keeps us all up to date on what's going on in your life. Well, we all miss you and can't wait for you to come back. The dungeon just isn't the same w/o the ol' mad programmer in the basement.
Carnestibman on June 23rd, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
Yea.. i miss staying up all night and programming. Or just playing the lastest game online and drinking. Or drinking and making crazy posts and emailing ex's. Or maybe just drinking..
i.mousewings on June 22nd, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Wow, what a night. Fortunate there was no search and rescue necessary.
*crosses fingers that this entry posts properly*
i.: Tyra©canguro_iconsmousewings on June 22nd, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
It posted properly! woohoo! Just to let you know, I left you replies on the previous 2 entries and they were marked as being screened for some reason. O_o
Carnestibman on June 23rd, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
Yeah.. i don't know what happened but all the comments were being screened by default. It should be fixed now..
prettierinpinkprettierinpink on June 22nd, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
man oh man sounds like an insane way to spend a day. at least you got to utilize proper pirate langauge. its not a real day until you get to speak like a pirate.
Scott Carnesspamlord on June 22nd, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Now those are the types of days you live for!
mperson on June 22nd, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
CROWS -- seen them?
Hey here's a link to an army page where they talk about new equipment for turret gunners. Sounds awsome and some are now in use by some TN NG. It's like sitting in an armored vehicle with a periscope attached to your .50 showing your 360 on screen and you use a joy stick to move and fire. Very futuristic but they say it's real.

http://www4.army.mil/news/article.php?story=7488

Moving forward to protect our soldiers!! hooah

damnstoploss on June 23rd, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
well i have been home drinking for the last 2 weeks....as fun as it is i would rather be back at charlie right now. being here is nice, but it would have been better to come back and be able to stay instead of having to go back...oh well can't win them all. see you in a few days
(Anonymous) on July 4th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
OK
Glad your OK, Hello from AF
Dad
(Anonymous) on July 5th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
Re: OK
Yo, dad! Whats up!!