Playing with a dagger

Playing with a daggerWell, kind of. It was actually a DAGR (Defense Advanced GPS Receiver). This device is capable of holding almost 15,000 waypoints and all other kinds of technical navigation jargon.It is a military-grade, dual-frequency receiver, and has the security hardware necessary to decode encrypted GPS signals. Basically, it’s the device to have if you are in one of those, “I can’t believe I’m lost moments,” or, “How do I get from here to there?” If you would like one, too bad. Civilians are not authorized to own them. And, at $2,200 a pop. They are pretty expensive but worth ever penny for military units.

Class: Like I said yesterday, it was death by powerpoint, but the instructor was actually very enthusiastic and breathed a little bit of life back into the class. We learned how to read a military map (hill contours, cliffs, valleys, depressions (not the kind the economy is in) and other terrain features. We then got to plot three separate waypoints on the map and figure out the distance between each point using a protractor.

On Sunday we will put our practical classroom knowledge to the test during an actual land navigation exercise. From what I understand, the three waypoints we coordinated today will be what we will track around in the woods and try to find with the assistance of the DAGR and our maps.

Close combat: It looks like tomorrow, we will be traveling out to one of the camp’s on Fort Dix to practice Urban Combat. I believe this training will help us learn tactics when dealing with the enemy in close quarters. This is where my M9 will come in handy, I’m sure of it.

We’ve just passed the halfway mark of our training and looking back, I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and adapted to this combat lifestyle. The military is definitely taking the extra step to make sure the men and women they send downrange are well equipped to handle any difficulties they might encounter.

Keep in touch as I get ready to head to Afghanistan.


One Response to “Playing with a dagger”

  1. […] day where powerpoint is left powered off is a good day. If you remember back to last week’s post about land navigation, today was a continuation of that class. We took the information on reading a […]

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