Thursday, June 18, 2009

Got Armor?

After a long day of re-enacting a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail in terms of how to react to IEDs, we headed out this evening to a warehouse to be issued the latest model of body armor, plus other special clothing designed for desert environments. This being an Army event, no fewer than 30% were told, "Sorry, we don't have your size, but we'll order it for you, and it'll be herein a month or so." As we expect to already be in theater long before that time, I guess we won't get that stuff anytime soon.

My aircard stopped working a couple of days ago, so blog entries may become less frequent until I arrive at my final destination. I know where that is, but I can't tell ya. I do know that I should have a private room, with internet and AFN (Armed Forces Network) television. The team that I expect to be working with is a great bunch of folks, which will make the year go by more quickly.

The computer lab is closing for the evening, so will sign off for now. Peace Out. (I have no idea what that means, but I've always wanted to say it. I promise you it won't happen again.


  1. I just found out about your blog and am now caught up with your (mis)adventures. Great stuff! In '03 my body armor arrived after we crossed the border into Iraq. I never saw it and had a 'Nam vintage flak-vest to wear. I'd sit on it while driving in case we ran over anything unhealthy. I've joined the Leprechaun's Legion of fans! Best wishes. Ted, your friendly, neighborhood SEOO.

  2. I'll echo Ted's experience. I waited for nearly four months to receive my helmet in Afg. "It's stuck in customs" seemed to be the excuse of the day, although it didn't come through customs... BTW, I re-enlisted yesterday. I am now proudly the second (second to you, my friend) oldest NCO returning to service. Carry on!

  3. Yo Lep, I'm concerned, do we sent pots, pans, and sheets of steel to cover your small frame? Don't want anything to happen to ya!!! This ye old EMDer will be leaving July 31st but like Tony, I didn't sign up for duty. Will keep tuned into your blog to see how you're doing.

  4. Yo, friends, thanks for the great comments about "affairs de armour"...okay, really bad pun.. I'll be taking my old body armor with me, hopefully with the new plates, so won't have to scrounge field expedient stuff from the Iraqi war surplus stores.
    To Lion Lady: Best of luck with life after EMD, and please keep in touch, okay?
    To Tony: Welcome back, bro! I expect that I'll be saluting you upon my return, but life as an operational NCO is pretty darn good compared to being a field grade staff weenie,I guarantee!