This is what we call a SAPI (Small Arms Protective Insert) plate. It goes into our body armor and is rated for up to 7.62mm rounds (the big ones that the AK47 fires). The funny thing is that it says Handle With Care on the front. Kindof makes you go hmmm. It will stop a bullet but whatever you do don't drop it. We also were issued the new side armor, which gives us an extra level of protection. The only bad thing is that all of the armor is heavy, and when it is 106 outside it gets a touch on the warm side. Our guys out on the gates and in the towers wear it all day, even in the heat. I've never been more thankful to have a desk job!
Speaking of deks, here is a picture of my desk. One thing that is different about being in a combat zone is that my desk is much smaller here than at ConAgra. Also, instead of the Corporate Cup coffee mug I had on my desk at home I have 120 live rounds just hanging out. Unfortunately it is against the rule to bring any ammo home with me, so I don't think I can put these on my desk when I go back to work. They may have come in handy. Those of you that work at ConAgra will notice that I have some David sunflower seeds. They were on sale at the PX for 25 cents. I'm not sure what the deal is there, but I'm pretty confident that we aren't making any money on that, especially with the cost to ship it to Iraq. Plus I'm sure we gave some sort of OI and they took a deduction on the backend as well. On a side note, the word from Omaha is that the Deduction teams that I managed before I left surpassed their year end goals by over 15 million. I'm really proud of everyone for going above and beyond and excelling as always. They were a great group to work with and, believe it or not, I actually miss the office. It will be interesting to see how much things have changed when I get back.