Yeah, I know as a Public Affairs Officer of a Provincial Reconstruction Team my mission in Afghanistan doesn’t center entirely around combat. But hey, the Taliban’s bullets don’t know that! So, I’ve got to be ready to bust some caps anyway … And I’m more than willing to learn. Today we spent more time firing our M4s … this time in simulated urban environments (inside buildings and other crowded areas.) We practiced how to move, shoot and communicate. (Something the Army does a lot of.)
I talk a lot of trash about the Army, (especially when I see the condition of some of their installations, like here at Attebury,) but I give them props for one thing: The Army wants you to come home safe and trains you for it. Although they can’t seem to find two dollars to buy a shower curtain, and they still think a dial-up connection is “cutting edge” technology, the Army spares no expense on ammo so you can get enough range time to ensure you know how to shoot when the time comes. I’ve fired more bullets here at Camp Attebury in a few days than my entire time in the Air Force.
I’m not knocking my Air Force … because I do think we have the best quality-of-life in all of the Department of Defense. (After all, quality of life is one the main reasons I left my beloved Marine Corps.) But, I would be willing to sacrifice some of my Air Force luxuries if it meant that Airmen could get some of the tools they needed to help them when they go to the ‘stan (like extra ammo to fire.)
Anyway, after we were done, I SKYPE’d Muna and Taj. It was nice to see Muna. She was wearing a baseball cap. I like it when she wears a baseball cap, because it means she is busy taking care of business instead of being worried about how she looks. Still, she looked beautiful.
Taj was happy to hear from me. I talked to him about his recent spats of bad behavior. He promises he won’t do it again, but children’s promises are only as good for as long as they can remember, so I won’t expect too much.
He danced for me, which made me laugh. I can see that he is growing so fast. Wish I was there.