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Monday, July 31, 2006

Rebecca Santana and Stetsons

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.

16 comments:

Brad said...

Yes you should definately go for a stetson. Not only that, but I recommend that you get one even bigger than CSM Hall's.

Anonymous said...

My problem with the Stetson is that it will take up space that we don't have. It will sit on the dresser for months maybe years and you will never wear it. I'm not concerned about you looking goofy, I just have a clutter issue.
-Erika

Anonymous said...

Sack with a stetson, Lil sack will most likely not wear one if he does not get his transfer approved.

JH said...

I say go with a stetson. To solve the clutter issue you, could find a way to display the stetson proudly at work, which would show your love for the Cav and also be a great conversation piece amongst the co-workers.

Forney said...

Go with the Stetson and definitely bring it to work. I think that sounds like a good idea....in fact, I can already see it now. Kane shows up in Breedlove's staff meeting with the Stetson. Oh, and you can even wear it to your next Kroger post audit meeting. Ha ha. Yeah - definitely get the Stetson and the bigger, the better.

Anonymous said...

You have to get the Stetson. What more memorable momento from your Iraqi campaign than a cowboy hat. Very manly. Clutter or no clutter you can tell your kids and grandkids about how you got it when you get old and decripit.
Trevor

Brian said...

Sack,
SWEET! YOU GOTTA' GO WITH THE STETSON! Sorry Rik... this isn't the first time we've disagreed. Remember, "That's why I hate you Brian." Just kiddin' Rik.
Steve, hey, if you have the opertunity and the clearence to roll... then roll big D. It's the only way you know how to roll.
If it gets in the way and starts collecting dust when you get back, send it to me and I'll store it for you. Heck, grab an extra one. Trevor is right, what a momento. Brother Blake brought back quite a few items from Afghanistan for rememberance & conversation. He got Dad a 9mm Sig with his VAQ squadron logo and "Operation Enduring Freedom" stamped on it. I was fortunate enough to put a few rounds through it last weekend when I was up in MT. Cool stuff that tells stories for years & years. Not everyone has the opertunity for those kind of things.
Sorry Rik...I vote yes for the Cav Cover.
Plus, just think, someone asks you about it and with out missing a beat..."so ther I was and this ain't no s#@t"...

Stay safe bud,

Ole' buddy B

Anonymous said...

Okay Okay. I think you need a stetson. Trevor and B. are right. You need a momento from this trip. And a cowboy hat would be cool for Ben to put on and play with sometimes. I do like the idea of bringing it to work and displaying it in your office or cube or whatever. I love you Babe. You can get whatever you want
Erika

Sack said...

Thanks babe. I will post a picture when I have my Stetson in hand and formed to Cav standards. I think I'll stick with the normal size though. Taking it to the office is a great idea.

I don't think I'll be able to swing a 9mm however, that is the difference between being an officer and enlisted. Although there is a rumor going around about some dirt cheap Turkish shotguns so I may be getting in on that. Whatever I want, right babe?

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