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Monday, June 26, 2006
Here are some pics of a recent excursion by some of the guys in our section. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that some of the soldiers in our S1 (personnel) section are not desk jockeys by trade. SPC Benes and SPC Burnham are 88M (truck driver) and SFC Kerchal has I think more different MOSs than I have owned crappy cars. The ones that I know of are Cav Scout, Truck Driver, Tanker, and his latest, Personnel SGT, which I think is deep down his favorite. By nature of their other talents they get tasked with some missions outside of the day to day excitement of sending emails, answering the phone, and typing memos. Recently, they dropped off 2 vehicles to get some work done on them, and last week they went to go pick them up. They were lucky enough to get 2 brand new FMTVs to drive, I think they said they only had 50 some miles on them. The Hammer and I took a little road trip out to see them off and get some pics for the blog.
SSG Grams, SPC Benes, and SFC Kerchal relaxing before the mission on the back of the empty flatbed. SSG Grams works in the S4 (logistics section) which is the office right next to ours. The S1 and the S4 are the 2 best staff sections, according to me.
The brand new FMTV. This thing has all of the bells and whistles. 6 CD Stereo Changer, GPS, HUD display, power seats, DVD player, cooler stocked with cold beer, and navigation system. Well not really but it did have AC. You will notice the cool effect on the pic that I like to call "Finger over the lens." I liked it so much on this shot that I used it again later. Blogger tip, you can click on the photos to enlarge them.
The gun trucks that would escort the convoy. These guys are awesome!
Civilian semis lined up waiting for a convoy. It is unbelievable how many trucks there are out here, they are lined up 10 across and I would guess 2-3 miles deep just waiting for an escort to take them where they need to go.
SFC Monte Kerchal getting ready to roll out. He is the Senior Personnel Sergeant for the Cav for this deployment which means he is charge of our section. He made me do pushups a few days ago (my first as a Sergeant and actually the first of this deployment somehow) for skipping a few levels of the chain of command. I am lucky to work in a session with a great bunch of guys, we all have a good time for the most part and get along really well.
SPC Benes at the wheel. Not quite as exciting as getting the mail, but he is still smiling. The trip went by without incident and the boys are back to fight another day in the high stakes world of Army admin.
Friday, June 23, 2006
So, for those of you that think that being an admin guy isn't dangerous, check out SGT Hanseling's shiner. Here is what happened. One of the unit First Sergeants got a little upset about how many R&R leave slots he was allocated for July. The Hammer had to break the bad news that his number was final, and sorry he couldn't have another one. So 1SG May (he is from New Jersey by the way) just hauls off and punches him in the face. Ouch. We all laughed, because, come on, what is funnier than seeing someone else get injured. Okay, that isn't what really happened. The real story is that the Hammer was walking back from the PX late at night. A group of soldiers from another unit surrounded him and tried to take his brand new DVD of Season 1 of Chaotic starring Brittney Spears and K-Fed. No way was the Hammer going to let that happen. There was five of them, well there were 8 but he had already killed 3 with his bare hands, when he got caught with a lucky punch to the eye. Luckily the Air Force MPs broke it up before the other 5 were hurt too badly. Well, maybe that isn't the truth either. Take a close look at the picture.
The story we are being sold is that he was doing his signature move off the high tower, the "Flying squirrel." Some of you may know this as the watermelon. Anyway, something went horribly wrong on impact and the scenario is that somehow his knee hit him in the eye. Now, I've seen him do this before with no issues, so I'm thinking that there may be more to the story. An alternate theory is that there was indeed a flying squirrel involved, however the black eye came from some gal that he somehow offended. I think I'll leave it at that. Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
After a lot of hard work by Chief Regan, SFC Kerchal, and SSG Johnson, my promotion came through this week. I am now a member of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) corps, also known as a Sergeant. There are many benefits to being an NCO. More money (not a ton but a little), a little more respect, and you can make the junior enlisted do pushups (look out Benes, Burnham, and Fleck!). Unfortunately, there are also more responsibilities. I have a weekly meeting I have to go to now, and I can't use the excuse anymore that I'm just a Specialist, which was one of my favorites when I wanted to get out of doing something. All in all it is a good thing and I'm excited.
Our First Sergeant, the senior NCO for the HQ Troop, is big on doing promotions in front of the whole unit. This is me reporting to the Troop Commander, CPT Lorenz. SFC Kerchal, the NCOIC of my section is in the background. In the far background you can see SGT Hanseling, but can't tell that he has a blackeye due to the Oakleys he is wearing. More on that to follow later.
My last salute (hopefully!) as a Spec 4.
It is official! The Commander does the easy rank on the chest, which is velcro. SFC Kerchal did the one on the patrol cap which is a little but tougher. This is SSG Johnson's old rank, there is no E5 rank to be found anywhere on post. He had to make the chevron on my hat from an E6 rank by cutting off the "rocker" which is what separates the E5 and E6. Score one for Army ingenuity.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Me in action.
A nice toss!
SGT Hanseling also posted some good pics of the range. You can check out his post here. You will notice that great minds think alike!
Friday, June 09, 2006
Joe Soldier: Hey, beans (Benes nickname), have you seen a a package for me yet?
Beans: Umm, no, if it was here you have it by now, we pass out everything every day.
Joe Soldier: But my wife/girlfriend/mom/aunt/etc mailed it 5 days a go, it should be here by now. Are you sure?
Joe Soldier: Well, it was sent in a white box about yea big (soldier describes the standard rate box that we get about 100 of every day). Will you keep an eye out for it?
Beans: Sure, I would love to.
Of course there really is no looking out for any packages, but it is always good to keep the joes happy.
Here is the JMMT. Not sure what that stands for, but I'm pretty sure the J is for Joint and one of the Ms is for Mail. Other than that you are on your own.
Another shot of the truck. Benes and Burnham are both 88Mikes (truck drivers) in the Guard so they have no problem driving this bad boy around. Burnham and Benes are both college students when back at home in Lincoln.
Okay, I skipped a few steps. The forklift puts it on the back of the LMTV. We then haul it back to our building, with a stop on the way to drop off/pick up our laundry at KBR. Another thankless job that the mail guys do without complaining. At least they don't complain in front of anyone. Once we get back to our building we then pull it off by hand and carry it to the mail room. We also have a forklift to unload it, but it is currently not working so we just haul it by hand. It gets a little mundane, but we try to recruit help so it goes fast. The worst job is being in the truck, you end up bending over picking up every package for 30 minutes, not so good on the back. Usually we let SPC Burnham stay in the truck, he is only about 5'6" so it isn't quite so bad on him.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Benjamin got his first semi-black eye. I guess there was some sort of an accident with some tupperware. If he is anything like his dad he will have lots more cuts and bruises where that came from. Here is a recent picture of him playing with a block. The report I got was that he carried this block around all day in his mouth.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
In the front right you can see a relic from the Iraqi Army. There is an anti-aircraft gun that has been restored. It is really in good shape.