I’m writing this after showering when I haven’t showered in the past three nights. There are not any latrines at the field training base we were at. Only port-o-johns were available for us. That being said, I feel very refreshed and glad I don’t have to clean myself using baby wipes.
We packed our bags for the field Sunday evening and rolled out in humvees on Monday morning. Monday we spent the say setting up the site with the tents, cots, the toc (tactical operations center), and our chow area. Monday night bad storms were rolling through and tornadoes touched down in the area. That night the commander gave the order to return to the barracks for the night. We packed our bags in a quick manner and got the heck out of there.
We returned Tuesday morning to find some of the big tents collapsed on corners. We set up camp again and the weather cooperated for the rest of the time we were there. During daylight on Tuesday, our mission was to set up a hasty checkpoint along the road. Barbed wire and barricades were placed to stop traffic. Our goal was to find any contraband that vehicles had, such as bomb making materials or weapons. Our mission Tuesday night was a night-drive convoy. We drove in pitch black darkness with no headlights with just small “black-out” lights. We got to wear the NVG’s again during the mission. It was pretty sweet. Crazy to think that this was our last training I will get as an Initial Entry Soldier. Hooah!
Until next time,