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26 May 2012


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steve g

Excellent narrative, Tyler. Look forward
to the next installment. Captures the mood
of the time and all the characters involved.
Would make a good novel,series of short
stories or possibly a screen play. Keep
that trigger finger on the keyboard!

Maureen Lang

Pat's "To be continued" was mighty welcome at the end of your post, Tyler. Outstanding 1st person narrative- couldn't stop reading it. "Iraq, a memoir" has got that elusive, crucial "You Are There" quality that so many memoirs can't seem to summon.

Thank you for posting this. Greatly looking forward to next installment.


Col. Lang:

Thank you. Good stuff! Agree totally with Steve G. Tyler's definition of "scrounger" should get into a dictionary. Instantly brought to mind Charlie L. who did that for us 60 years ago. Looking forward to more.



Well, bring it! pl

William R. Cumming

Me too PL!

Neil Richardson

Dear Tyler:

A great narrative. Did you guys have any trouble with the electronics due to weather conditions? I remember AN/VSG2 TTS on M60A3s overheating easily under similar conditions decades ago. I look forward to reading more.



It seems incredible that this vehicle is not air-conditioned. Won't this tend to "screw" the electronics in it? pl



Only the command vehicles were air conditioned AFAIK, at least when I was in.


Oh, and the medical Stryker as well.

Neil Richardson

Dear Col. Lang:

M1A2s now have air conditioning (though it doesn't do much for crew comfort level).


Great job, Tyler. I'm ready for more also.

SAC Brat

Question from the dumb guy in the back of the class.

Does no air conditioning mean no protection from chemical/biological weapons?

Neil Richardson

SAC Brat:

Earlier M1 variants had positive overpressure system without air conditioning. For M60 series we had gas particulate filter units that were attached to our MOPP suit masks

The Twisted Genius

Great writing, Tyler. Looking forward to the next episode. With the ungodly heat over there, I do not begrudge you for your coolers, ice and sport drinks... especially with all the body armor you were required to wear. I'm sure the ice and drinks kept a lot of soldiers from becoming heat casualties. I first realized the difference between light and mechanized infantry during IOBC. At the point she we were split into light infantry and mech infantry tracks, us light guys sat on our rucksacks and watched our mech comrades load coolers and duffle bags into their 113s. We knew we got the wrong end of the stick.

Were you working as a forward observer at the time? You mentioned uploading data on your radios. Other than encryption, what data did you upload?


Mahalo, Tyler...! I eagerly await your next installment...! As a former Commo Chief, scrounger deluxe, and, usually best buds with the Supply Daddy, the Cook, and, the Head Wrench...! I was known as the 'go-to-guy' to obtain foreign and domestic material, and prompt service...! I never lacked for a hot cup of joe, cold soda, pogey bait, batteries, and/or prompt roadside service...! ;-)


Most of our fielded electronics are designed to withstand the heat, cold, sand, supposedly EMT, etc... Naturally, results do vary, Col...! ;-)



"Naturally, results do vary, Col...! ;-)" Really! You think? Try to remrmber all the times the wonderful equipment broke down when it was supposed to work! Try! pl


Yes, Sir, I totally agree with ya, Sir...! I was the Chief beneficiary of said bitches/glitches...! Especially since Sh*t always rolled downhill...! ;-)


Even when I was in the light infantry side of the house, we tended to cover distances via humvees in Afghanistan and then conduct 'short' patrols of 4 to 10 klicks on foot.

Stryker infantry was weird in the fact it didn't know whether to be fish or fowl. We'd conduct urban foot marches with all of our heavy weapons on the vehicles. The thought was that if we had contact, the Strykers could manuever to us and provide support. However, this didn't take into account the 'rat warren' I described above, where it wasn't a straight shot to where we might be.

I was an 11C, but the ROEs were very restrictive on mortars in urban engagements to the point of forbidding counterbattery fires when we got rocketed or mortared. At first we were parceled out to the line platoons as reinforcements, but after a month or two we were part of Captain Head's 'Tactical Action Command', which was his excuse to run around and play Armageddon Now. I filled whatever role was needed of me, but eventually got 'promoted' to vehicle commander. I was updating fills, encryptions, and any new maps that might have come down.

As far as heat casualties go, we arrived in Kuwait in the middle of the summer, drinking water from Kuwait that had expired years ago. Captain Head saw fit to have us running around between 11 am and 4 pm in a bid to climatize us faster. Needless to say there were a number of heat casaulties that were blamed on people taking protein supplements. The fact we were soldiers from Alaska drinking expired water had nothing to do with it.

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