Archive for the 'Missives' Category

EOD Humor

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Brett sent a link to me not too long ago to a page called Mulvaney on Bomb Disposal which got me thinking about EOD humor. Some of the cartoons are a bit dated, they are from WW II after all, but most of the underlying humor remains the same. EOD humor tends towards the slightly […]

Go ‘Terps!

Monday, July 18th, 2005

Communication is critical in my job. We need to be able to glean as much information from witnesses as possible to help deal with any sort of IED or UXO. This can be difficult, to say the least, when you can’t speak the local language (or languages as the case is in Afghanistan). While it […]

Situation Normal: All Fouled Up (that would be the family friendly version).

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

The United States Air Force is an amazing institution. We can put a 2,ooolbs bomb within a meter or two of any point on earth, we can read license plates from orbit and we have planes that are all but invisible to radar. So why, when I went to the BX (Base Exchange) yesterday to […]

If it Weren’t for All the Terrorists…

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

This country is beautiful. Last night I went out on a call into the mountains north of Kandahar to destroy some UXOs found by Coalition Forces. The helo dropped us in the mountains and we proceeded to go to work. After disposing of the UXOs we had some time before the helo came back so […]

Not This Time.

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Well, it’s official, I didn’t get promoted this year. Having drowned my sorrows in a turkey sub last night (we have a Subway trailer on base) I got a look at the list of selectees today and I don’t feel so bad anymore. It was a short list consisting mostly of guys who have been […]

Must…Develop…Jedi…Mind Powers!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Now, normally, I’m a fairly patient guy, but there are times when I get really impatient. Now is one of those times. Let me explain. Three months ago I took two tests. This is the third time I’ve taken these tests (not the exact same tests, but different versions). One is called the Skills Knowledge […]

That Would Have Been Nice to Know Before I Got on the Helicopter….

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Life in the digital age is great. There are so many ways to communicate information from just about any location on the planet. You’ve got cell phones, satellite phones, and radios. Even in the middle of a war I can set up my Swiftlink Satellite System and send emails from somewhere in the Afghan wilderness. […]

All This Beach and No Ocean…

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

First I need to thank Brett for helping me by getting this site up and running, next I need to thank Buckley and Stacey for the idea, and finally I need to thank God that I’m not stuck in some desert somewhere for four mo…oh, wait, scratch that last bit. Guess I should introduce myself […]