Havoc1

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    • Extortion 17

      7 years ago

      Havoc1

      One year ago on this date, 6 August 2012, Extortion 17, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, was shot down, in the Tangi Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan--not far from where I'm sitting right now as I type this. Killed were the 5-man crew, 25 of our nation's very finest Warriors, 7 Afghan commandos, their interpreter, and a military working dog.

      Take a moment to reflect today. Pause to consider that the difference between life and death is measured sometimes in seconds and inches, and yet brave men go forward anyway. If you're home, enjoy a beer for Extortion 17.

    • Hey Presidential candidates--WTF?

      7 years ago

      Havoc1

      Want to be pissed about how this election seems to going? Read this article.

      Want to be outraged? Read it from Afghanistan where you can put names to some of those casualties. It makes my stomach churn. Where the hell is our leadership? Busy arguing about tax returns and goddamned chicken sandwiches. News flash to Pres Obama and Mr. Romney: You sad fucks need to nut up, stand up as LEADERS, establish a position, and defend it.

      "No doubt Obama and Romney would find it both uncomfortable and politically unprofitable to address these questions between now and November. This is why they would like you to forget that America is at war."


      www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jackson-diehl-obama-...

    • Proof through the night

      7 years ago

      Havoc1

      If this doesn't get you just a bit fired up, you probably didn't know what it was for in the first place.

      Hell yes.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8C7i9kdEf8&featu...

    • 7 years ago

      Havoc1

      While out in sector on a rather serious patrol, I got a radio call relaying a FIPR msg (txt sent via satellite) to get back ASAP because I have a new mission. OK, not so surprising, except that it said I was leaving for 2 months. What?! Finished my engagement, nearly fell down a mountain and off the path that we'd just cleared with mine detectors, and completed the rest of the mission as quickly as possible.

      Me: "WTF dude, I've got shit going on. Why don't you go?"
      XO: "Hey fucker, you're welcome. You're going to CJTIAF-###. Pack your shit, turn everything over, and your ride leaves tomorrow."
      Me: "Cool! [internally, "Whoa, numbered task force, cool!]. Let me get started on this impossible task."
      XO: <rolls eyes>

      Imagine my surprise when, when it turns out that I'm working some strange office job with lawyers. Good internet, GREAT hours, and some good people. Probably looked like a tool showing up with plate carrier, rack system, rifle, pistol, and a ruck full of gear instead of pillows and snacks, but oh well. Best part of the trip was getting sick from the food on KAF (despite eating Afghan food daily) and puking/shitting my guts out while held hostage in the pax terminal trying to fly out. At one point, the following occurred:

      Want to make a bunch of people in the terminal really uncomfortable? Stand up, look at the dude next to you, "Watch my rifle for a second," then take 3 steps and ralph in the nearest trash can. For added measure, add a long, bubbling groan like Chewbacca. When complete, look up and smile (chunks in teeth), and shout, "Whew! That felt great!"



      I'm glad it's temporary enough to enjoy and catch up on 3 months of sleep, then get back to the fight after Ramadan ends.

      There it is. Read from p13-A to 16 and p21 if you want to understand what I'm doing here.

      www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/Bovar...

    • The final measure

      7 years ago

      Havoc1

      Roll call, 3 volleys, and Taps...followed with Amazing Grace on the pipes. I hate it every time I go through it.

      Two tours as a Marine in Vietnam, described as "legendary" by those who knew him before he retired with 30 years as a Chicago PD detective, 2 tours with the Army in Bosnia and Iraq as a Law Enforcement Professional, and a final tour with the Army, again as a LEP, here in Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

      I hate the way the headline is written, but the article is good and these pics of Tom makes me smile. As does the conversation with friends about Tom's habits and qualities.

      Farewell, Tom Boyle.

      www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2163662/Decorate...

    • 7 years ago

      Havoc1

      This didn't post several days ago when I tried. RT is extremely slow to load here.

      Spent a portion of my day transiting an active minefield while driving around in sector searching for police checkpoints out in Taliban country. It still beat a day in the office.

  • Comments (2746)

    • Havoc1

      9 years ago

      Never dealt with anything like that, though I know about them wanting to be the ones washing their own drawers. Tell him every FOB has self-service laundry: some detergent and a bucket. Geez. It's not like we're talking about high volume here.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Actually, here's a weird one for you. Did you ever have any Mormon's in your command? One brought me a problem today I only have a partial solution for at the moment. Our FOB has no self-service laundry, and I guess he's adamant about being the only one to wash his religious undergarments. You ever experience something like that?

    • MiraSuMuerte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold /dev/null

      9 years ago

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      So THAT'S a real man..

      Post edited 3/23/10 2:05PM

    • tomii

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #5:

      Eek! At least you came out of it without injury!


      Shoulda seen the other guy...

    • tomii

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #16:

      H&K, because we hate you.


      And you love us anyway...

    • crushed

      9 years ago

      6 miles isnt bad. just beyond the bct ruck marches ive never rucked more than 4. and all in all ive only been on like 7 ruck marches. Aviation doesnt have a whole lot of time for that stuff normally.

      this training used to include a 12 mile ruck march, they took it out for some reason or another

    • bikemancs

      9 years ago

      It did, and it didn't. It actually worked out to be just right for me... maybe a couple more days, but I was good. the last few I hit the "total relaxation" point... damn that felt GOOD

    • MarineTech

      9 years ago

      The ammo you inquired about would be Speer Lawman 200gr TMJ-FN (Total Metal Jacket - Flat Nose, or also referred to as Total Metal Jacket - Truncated Cone).

      I like them for the large meplat which has a tendency to transmit more shock to the target. Similar to the same principles in big heavy game rounds. They can be a bit problematic to feed in some semi-autos, but there's no problem with a revolver.

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      Very true, you would think that since the seniors here all have to study Military History from 1500 to Present day they would see that losers are the ones with the logistical problems.

      Yet my roommate, the supply guy for my company, was told nothing till the week of. I think my experience here would be almost comedic sometimes, then I realize these guys will be leading platoons of soldiers in a very short amount of time.

    • dedbob71

      9 years ago

      Or you can get yourself a man purse. Its all the rage nowadays. All the cool kids are carrying one...Make sure you post pics of yours when you get one so that we can all marvel at how suave you are...

    • Xhyra

      9 years ago

      Hey, give me a few more years, and I'll add a few more rows.

    • dxgunny

      9 years ago

      Congrats on FU!

    • bdlambell

      9 years ago

      well arent you just the spiffy FU today!

    • bigvig Rampant

      9 years ago

      Congrats on the FU!

      Hey, thanks for the recommendation of House to House by David Bellavia. I picked it up through my university library system and read it in a night. I could not put it down.

      Very good book.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Just read the status update you posted on your unit's facebook page. Sorry to hear about the whole DD93 mix up.

    • ayapa

      9 years ago

      congrats fu ^_^...

    • jtpeton

      9 years ago

      Congrats on the FU

    • apachearmtdo

      9 years ago

      Congrats on FU, its about time they picked someone worth while smiley0.gif

    • boilme0

      9 years ago

      Con-gratifications and jubilations!

      On 'ze FU that is.

      'ze Englishman!

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Grats on your FU Day. smile.png

    • kg6ejp

      9 years ago

      FU! Congratulations!

    • philippeHC

      9 years ago

      happy FU day! (:

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Yeah, that could be too. I'll get over it, just need some quality time with the thing.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Oh also just a note on the 50/50 trend. I think it's because of the larger rear sight aperture on the M-4. We're all in the habit of having your nose right up on the charging handle with the 16. If you do that on the 4, you lose accuracy because the hole is bigger than the smallest hole on the 16. I'm speculating, but does that make sense? So it's just getting used to firing with your face further back on the stock.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Yeah, the firing wasn't so different. Someone told me it had more kick so I was probably a little wary of that going in, since I had fallen into the habit of not grounding the butt in my shoulder, but resting it above. Anyway, we had about 4-5 rounds to zero each for iron and red dot. Two initial shots, and three to check the first correction. After that if you weren't on target, too damn bad. Hope you're good with Kentucky windage. My irons were way off on Wednesday, and my dot was a bit high Friday but I was able to make it work, I guess. I'm more worried about getting proper time/rounds to zero the weapon I'm actually bringing with me, ya know?

    • DadHavoc

      9 years ago

      While I was thinking over your comments, I remembered an item that was not included in the journal. When I asked one of the young MP's if he would have shot me had I gotten out of the jeep and approached the restricted area, his answer was, "without hesitation Sir, without hesitation." There was a cold tone in his voice that told me this was not bravado or trying to be a big shot.. I still wonder what they had in there. Up until a few years ago, the Flat Earth Society had an annual May Day protest about the nukes that were kept in there. While I can hardly believe that outfit, the tight security still makes me wonder.

    • DadHavoc

      9 years ago

      Don't forget they had their own landing strip adjacent to the Depot. As I remember, the runway was 12,000feet long. The planes we were watching were C-?? types. Who knows why they had such strict security for an interior location. That area may no longer have a full time MP guard, but the fences are still up, lights on and gates locked. Who knows?

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      I know, it's damn amazing isn't it? like I said, I'm pretty sure she must be blind or something. Yeah can't wait to make the hike down to Rucker. Get back into the real army again, or at least as close to the real army that flight school can be :-P

    • your_funeral

      9 years ago

      Got a question from a buddy of mine on SomethingAwful.com about Ranger school, thought I'd take some initiative and see what you could tell me to tell him about it:

      I really want to go to Ranger School, but I'm not infantry or combat arms. In fact, I am an educational delay who is currently at law school. I'm a drilling reservist in a civil affairs battalion. If I submit a packet with a go for everything the school requires and pass the ranger PT test, do I have a good chance of being accepted?
    • Gael

      9 years ago

      OK. While I don't agree with all of that, I can respect it. I get a little more of the Army mentality than you give me credit for, I think, but the female thing is just a hot topic with me. Probably because I also hate the girls who care more about being girly than getting the job done as well. I ran into a female AF captain downrange last year who was wearing eyeshadow and mascara. I don't know quite why it pissed me off as much as it did, but it bothered me tremendously. Here we are in a "combat zone" and she's worried about how she looks? Really?

      All my life I've been hearing "oh you can't do that because you're a girl" and things of that nature. And every time I end up not only proving that person wrong, but outperforming most of my male counterparts. I've grown up with the odds stacked against me, and it's tiresome to have to prove yourself over and over again. It bothers me when people aren't even given a chance due to something as silly as gender. If you've had those confirming experience thus far in your career, I'm disappointed to hear that. Not that you think that way necessarily, but that there are so many females out there that continue to perpetuate the stereotype.

    • armeav8r

      9 years ago

      In reply to armeav8r, #85:
      If you're mad as hell and you're just not going to take it anymore, grab your gun and run outside, hollering at the top of your lungs.

      If you're the only lunatic on your front lawn screaming and clutching a rifle...go back inside. It isn't time yet.


      That is simply the best damn phrase I've heard yet smiley11.gif mind if I use it? smiley0.gif

    • rabid_usagi

      9 years ago

      LoL! I know that. Your wife is!

    • rabid_usagi

      9 years ago

      Go you! Koreans are the best!

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      As always, you're the voice of reason. Thanks for the advice.. it's just hard to do. I'm not used to playing hardball with my parents. Then again, I'm not really used to them not being excited for the things I'm excited for, you know?

    • DadHavoc

      9 years ago

      OMG,

      go over to this
      and make sure you read 4668-4672. You will die laughing.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Thought you might find this interesting. Mind you I'm not trying to say "I Told You So" or anything, I just thought you'd like to see that James Cameron took the time to address criticisms of Avatar that are of the same nature as yours.
      Of course, I'm pretty sure we can still both agree that Avatar is still an "alright" film.

      Post edited 1/24/10 6:59AM

    • MarineTech

      9 years ago

      Thanks jackass, I just woke my wife up laughing at the goon beating the stove with his ass hanging out.


      Not my fault that your wife doesn't appreciate good music.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      LMAO, that is epic!!

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      You did it in Korea, I assume? Tank was saying the students there were more apt to admitting the medic for some reason. Doesn't happen that often back here from what I can tell. How'd you get them all? Were you armed?

    • corvito

      9 years ago

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    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Oh certainly not. I never go into anything with expectations like that.. usually leads to bad things. I only really took note of it because it might be a clue as to what I'm doing. Usually those are in situations more interesting than usual staff-weenie-dom. The mysterious UDM systems don't have any details loaded yet except for the parent unit.

      And I'm not at all upset about going again! I just wish 1, I had some info and 2, I was going out with our unit. Oh well. It will be a good experience, I'm sure.

    • DemoDiver79

      9 years ago

      Thanks. What's new with you? I'm moving back to the states in May. I love this island, but it's making me a social retard, lol. Do you have a link to that love fest? I'm curious. Take it light, brother!

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Haha, yeah, sounds about right. Kind of the same response I get when I tell them we're only doing 10 pushups... to my count. The best compliment I can receive as a PTL is dread of my sessions.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Mixed motivation. We've been in a cold snap up here for a while that prevents us from legally PTing outside. And even if we wanted to brave the temperatures, there's too much ice on the ground to safely do it, so that means lots of gym sessions and calisthenics in the bay. A fellow flight commander was tired of his people whining about PT, and asked me to conduct a joint-flight session. I have these wonderfully evil circuit training cards.. I'd call it mission accomplished. My troops are used to it, but his certainly weren't!

    • pt606

      9 years ago

      There's plenty of armor coverage around the turret, I just had it in the full down position to make it easier to mount the gun, set it up, test it and all that jazz. Actually, the armor only leaves a gap that's about a foot and a half wide, and most of that is obscured by gun, so the gunner is afforded all sorts of protection. No accounting for ricochets, though. After all, there's no such monster as "100% armor" on a weapons system thus mounted.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      I think you would have been proud of the smoke session I ran today... it was Havoc inspired. =)

    • corvito

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #1:

      OH, ok! yeah NC is nice, half my family is up there and i fish at Camp Legeune Every Year!

    • DadHavoc

      9 years ago

      Do I hear someone calling Ralph?

    • hedleschiken

      9 years ago

      Ah interesting. So though he won't see combat, he insisted on staying on in the military with basically a desk job. Nice to see guys like this. Where I work, people refuse to do their jobs because they're "mostly woman" who can't lift heavy things or walk the distance yet I do so every day while working longer hours, sometimes even come into work sick, typically with no break in the day. I'm keeping these motivational posters, printing them, and sticking them up at work. Thanks.

    • hedleschiken

      9 years ago

      Jeez your kidding. I figured those with prosthetics could still potentially serve with proper support but legally blind and still serving...what exactly does he do or is that classified?

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