We have a distinguished visitor with us this week, AP reporter Rebecca Santana. You can read her first post here: CSM Hall loves Gatorade. Pretty funny stuff. I'm going to sleep on the article tonight before I get into my comments, as I don't want to get into any trouble. There is a ton of what Bill Simmons, my new favorite author, calls Unintentional Comedy here. CSM (Command Sergeant Major) Hall is the highest enlisted soldier for the Cav. He is ultimately in charge of all of the NCOs and enlisted soldiers under the 1-167 at LSA Anaconda. CSM Hall is a computer programmer back home, so he has this program that he wrote himself (ManTab) that keeps track of all of our soldiers duty status and personal information. It is a great help to our section as we go about our daily tasks. It is Excel based, but he programs in Visual Basic so it is way beyond my level of expertise and is quite impressive. The Squadron Commander, LTC Apprich has a running joke that anytime he needs something done, he just says, "let's go to ManTab." Ha ha. Probably not funny for you at home but I'm laughing right now. CSM Hall is perhaps best know for his Stetson. For those of you that don't know, one of the Cav traditions is the wearing of the Stetson (cowboy hat to put it simply) during off duty hours (see the Wikipedia entry for the Order of the Spur for some of the history). CSM Hall is a big believer in the more rank, the bigger the hat. I may mess this up, but the average Cavalry Stetson is a 4x. CSM Hall's is a 10x, some 2.5x as big. We like to call it the Sombrero. With the right angle, it can block out the sun, even in Iraq.
Here is SFC Kerchal modeling the "normal" Stetson.
And here is CSM Hall sporting the Sombrero.
So, the question of the day is whether I should make the leap and get myself a Stetson. Anyone that is in a Cav Squadron is authorized to wear one. Now, I asked my wife and she said No Deal, I would look a little goofy in a Cowboy hat. That may be true, but as most of you know I haven't ever really been concerned with looking goofy. I am proposing a vote of my friends and family to settle the issue. Stetson or No Stetson? Of course the missus would have ultimate veto authority but I'm sure she would appreciate your opinion as well.