June 3rd post…a few days late

Well, tomorrow will be more training. Just when I thought I had finished all of it the Army threw more at me. Thankfully they are combining two days of training into one — which makes for a long day — but at least I’ll get it done and over with.

Because of the forward deployed location I’m going to, there are extra requirements for me to do. First off on the list: MRAP Rollover training. Apparently rolling over in a HMMWV wasn’t enough. For those who don’t remember, the MRAP (Mine resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle is what a lot of the military is using now.

I happened across one that had been hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and it was in good condition considering the blast. Everyone survived as well. They have a brilliant track record.

So, after MRAP rollover training, I’ll move on to learning how to identify IEDs. We did this at Combat Skills Training at Fort Dix, but I guess there’s more to learn.

Moving on, the afternoon will consist of something I thought was put behind me for years: Death by Powerpoint. That’s right, more briefings. Hopefully I’ll get a good night sleep to survive through the day.

From there, I’ll be awaiting a flight to my final destination. I still can’t believe I’m in Afghanistan. Everyone on Kandahar is very friendly and this place is a melding pot for all the military nations helping us fight this war. From Canadian and French to British and Australian troops; they are all helping us achieve one common goal — eradicate the Taliban from Afghanistan and bring some peace back to the people that live here. There are more than 42 countries here working towards that goal.

It’s not going to be easy, but hopefully this surge will help trounce them out for good. We can only hope and pray that it does.


2 Responses to “June 3rd post…a few days late”

  1. The LT and 8 of us have MRAP Rollover tomorrow plus among other things as mentioned. We’re with you brother.

  2. Jeannie Says:

    My prayers are with you and you men as you get ready to get down to business. You’re all so very brave for doing what you are to not only secure the safety of the US but also that of the People Of Afghanistan and the world. God Bless You.

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