Carnes (tibman) wrote,

Head space and Timing..

Ok, so i'm the new Platoon commo guy. 3rd squad rolls back from a mission and the SQD LDR tells me all the radios went out midway through the mission. Yea, that's a bad first day & impression for me. So i go out there thinking it was a headspace and timing issue (metaphorically speaking.. they are having user problems, not commo ones). I found out one truck had a hot mic.. but on both radios. Even after i unplugged the handmic, WTF? So i start pulling the system apart and found a .50 Cal Headspace and Timing Gauge had fallen across the txmt & rxmt terminals on the backside. SGT Jones and I had a good laugh.. though maybe it's just funny for Army ppl.

We were interviewed today during a "sensing session" about various things going on. The Full Bird also came down and poked around. Both liked and didn't like what they found. I loved the part when he was trying to play down our job (i'd say that was what he was doing) and asked who has done something great for the people of Iraq. Everyone just kinda stood there and stared at each other. The Col then looked at Tac and said, what have you done? "Well Sir, I layed suppressive fire onto a sniper position the other day." I don't think that was the kind of thing the Col was expecting. He could have pointed at anyone and received an equivalent answer. Before he left, he seemed impressed at what we've accomplished and with so few resources. He gave Brewer (a gunner) an 18th MP BDE Combat coin. Apparently only two have ever been given out. Before the Col left he visited the Maint Company that helps us keep our trucks running (though not their job) and he thanked them all personally.

The SF ODA Team that is leaving has put in the paperwork to get us Combat Patches. This makes me so happy to think we've helped them that much. When the rest of the company is wearing 18th MP BDE patches, a select few will have the SF patch. It would mean a lot to me to wear something distinct and something that represents the hard work we are doing here.

I received a care package from Mom! It had all kinds of cool stuff, including Scooby snacks, fruit rollups, poptarts, and a Digital Camera! So expect pictures every few days. I'm going to try it out on tomorrow's mission.
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.