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Post by GoNolesmom » Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:12 pm
Post by Saltydad » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:37 pm
Hope all had a great Christmas, and were able to see your loved ones. Mine was very lean, down to 148#. Stated he was tired of MRE'S so only ate protein bars.
David, I can't believe they will be in Korea, maybe same post. Ask my son if he met him, but was not in his Platoon. My DS will head over in May, and is right now near Casey. He hopes to chg that location. Renewed my pass port, maybe can make a trip over.
Some disturbing news from a fellow (on R&R from Iraq) soldier we met in the airport, they can be deployed from Korea???? I do not know why, I thought he was safe from that, ignorance is bliss I guess.
Post by Kym » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:32 am
Post by GoNolesmom » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:09 am
Post by Saltydad » Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:10 pm
Thanks for a great Christmas idea, hard to think of what they need as a soldier heading overseas.
Funny you should bring-up the Battle of the Bulge, as a young girl, my parents "lost-me" in the "NUTS" museum in Bastogne France, as you can tell, they found me some TWELVE hours later. Luckly some very nice local folks took care of me.
Stay warm-up there, 80 degrees expected today down here, (just thought I'd throw that in), hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
P.S. Just-in......They are in-doors now yaahhhh
Post by GoNolesmom » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:54 am
Post by lizzyd » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:27 pm
Post by Saltydad » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:58 pm
Not much longer now, Ds stated his canteen was half frozen last week. They are expecting snow while they camp under the stars this week, hope they packed their long johns.
I will be happy to see him for Christmas, wish all the good folks on this site could see your loved ones during the holidays. I guess I will know next year when he is overseas. boo-hooooooo
Post by Saltydad » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:53 pm
Post by linbetts » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:44 pm
The guys at Ft Benning are out in the field too this week . . Linbetts, do you think those wild bores are still running around the woods in Georgia?
Post by Jessi » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:18 pm
Post by Kym » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:09 pm
Post by linbetts » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:51 pm
Post by GoNolesmom » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:36 pm
Post by Saltydad » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:10 pm
SaltyDad....nice to see you post from time to time. Love your assessment of the scope of BOLCII training. One of my favorite pictures of my DD from there is of her wielding a sledge hammer that must have weighed at least 30 pounds and trying to knock down a door on a building they were clearing. She only weighed about 115 at the time and stands about 5'4"....not a large woman! She had better luck kicking the doors down!
They will do a drill where they are under attack in an enclosed area....complete with smoke bombs, the sound of artillery and gunfire, people yelling all around.....being caught off guard and completely disoriented. A whole new experience for the non-priors and an example of just how quickly things can get crazy in an ambush.
BOLCII is an opportunity for officers from every commissioning program to come together and train. DD's company even had some nurses training with them. They did everything that all the other soldiers did.....as you said, everyone from all branches has the potential for being exposed to danger of IED's, ambush and more.....there is no safe-haven in the rear. Better to train for all contingencies than to be caught flat-footed, wondering how the 'ell to get out of the situation!
Lawton isn't bad if you like the outdoors. If you are looking for big city activities, you won't find them here.....but it has it's own brand of unique. The post itself is quite pretty in certain areas....much greener than most people would think....maybe not so much now, but still lots of trees. The Old Garrison is very interesting, as is the museum and Cannon Walk. It has a colorful history that goes back to the days of the Cavalry defending the settlers from the Indian attacks, and is the only one of the Indian outposts still in use today as a military garrison. There are two pretty chapels there that have been favorite locations for many a military wedding, complete with the bride and groom being driven away atop a caisson!
I think it's not a bad place to train.....and they have the advantage of some of the best weather right now.....maybe some cool days and a few chilly nights, but no blistering central plains summer heat, and no more GA humidity!
Good luck to all who are there!