Havoc1

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    • 7 years ago

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    • Outta here.

      7 years ago

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      Well folks, I'm off on another adventure. This time it's Kandahar City, which I understand to be lovely this time of year. As I may have mentioned, I postponed the inevitable downward spiral into becoming a staff weenie by volunteering to become an adviser to Afghan National Security Forces. I'll be headed out with a small team to live with and train a battalion of Afghan Uniformed Police, which is sort of like a paramilitary national guard unit. Despite the greatly increased risk of the job, it's bound to be more fulfilling than creating staff products at home station and dodging the PT-belt police on some mega-FOB. Really, for those of you who know me, would you expect anything less?

      I'm not happy to leave, but like any other challenging or painful event, it's time to get it started. Hopefully I'll be ridiculously busy, since it's a 9 month tour without R&R. I did nearly 10 last time before I could come home, and that's a long time.

      I'd like to believe that I've better prepared the kids this time around. They're all strong, independent personalities--a reflection of their parents--and I expect they'll weather this better than I will. My wife is the strongest woman I know, and I'm intensely proud of her and Lex and Nate and Carl for their resilience and poise. This has to be harder for them than it is for me.

      To all the amazing folks I know here, especially the guys I've met in person, thanks for your friendship and support. I don't know that I'll get on RvB too much, but I'll hit Facebook when I can. Hard to tell how often that'll be, based on the shifting mission profile and uncertainty in pairing up with a unit that's never had American advisers before.

      With that, I'll talk to you all soon. Hey, if you happen to find yourself on FOB Walton or in that vicinity, let me know. I'll have free run of pretty much the entire city.

      If you're truly bored, here's my address for random packages. The more random and entertaining, the better.


      S-TT 11
      FOB Pasab
      APO AE 09370

      Hit my old man, DadHavoc up for updates--I'll be sure to feed him news regularly.

    • Where my geeks at (cell for WiFi VOIP)?

      7 years ago

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      Well, despite wanting a Motorola Razr, it can't easily be configured for full Korean language use. When you attempt to change languages, the choices are English and Espanol. Sad. So it has come to pass that I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Nexus since SunJa will use it quite a bit while I'm gone. As an aside, props to the Verizon dude, who got me hooked up with the 18% military discount (better than the old 15%) as well as a $50 rebate on the phone. If you think that applies to you, be sure to ask!

      Meanwhile, where are my geeks at? Is there a way to configure my now-disconnected Droid X2 or even the Nexus to make free VOIP calls to regular numbers by Wi-Fi? Skype app requires 3G (kinda lame when it would work on my computer), and Google Voice has stumped me. Any takers on this challenge wanna chat me up? The idea is to reduce the number of minutes on the plan the wife will use, since the vast majority of her calls are made from the house.

      I saw Nimbuzz, which is .02/min, which isn't bad, but I'm not ready to hand them $10 to test just yet. I checked Viber, but it still uses regular minutes if the other person isn't on Viber too, so that's not much use. (Good app for free international calling though!)

      Recommendations?

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    • Friendship 7

      7 years ago

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      It's President's Day. There've been a lot of Presidents. Forty-four as a matter of fact. Some have been great, and some have been piss-poor.

      There was only one Friendship 7 and only one John Glenn. Stop and think how amazing an achievement the first orbital flight was in 1962, and how extraordinary must have been the man who strapped himself to the top of a converted nuclear missile to bring to life the dreams and work of the NASA team and the American people.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-lTPK5sQAA

      Seriously, the level of doubt and risk in this operation is staggering. I literally choked up watching at 10:50 as he was successfully achieving orbit.

      Simply amazing.

      ‎17:14 - I couldn't be absolutely certain whether it was the heat shield breaking up or the retro-pack. Obviously it was the retro-pack, or I wouldn't be here today. But anyway, that kind of reentry was the second problem we had in addition to the control system failure.

      His odds of not surviving this was about one in six.

      18:23 - As he went in to the radio blackout period on reentry, the last thing you could hear was John humming the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

      19:34 - Coming out of the blackout period and saying, "Houston, this is Friendship 7," and of course the nation went nuts. The world went nuts.

      I love the photo at 21:17. There was a great sense of togetherness and remarkable accomplishment.

      The photo of the tickertape parade at 22:28 is great too.

      23:26 - It was a huge privilege for me to get a chance to do this and to go fly with this living legend. When he came back in, one of the first things that I noticed is that he came back into the space program like he'd never left it. Like he hadn't forgotten anything.

    • A heroic finish

      7 years ago

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      Just finished Halo: Reach on Heroic in co-op mode with Nate. Playing it with a 6-year old while the 8 and 4-year olds call out directions in the background is so throroughly amusing. Lots and lots of smiles.

      Definitely the best game on TV today. Superbowl is on now. Think I'll take a nap while Lex watches Princess Tutu or whatever this awful anime show is.

      Terms learned today: IV lines, defile drills, cover fire, shift fire left/right, reloading, etc. Oh, and first home video game use of "I'm up, he sees me, I'm down", and, "Get a grenade in that dead space!"

      Oh, and the awkward moment: Hey, why did they fly away without me? How do I get out of here?
      Dad: You don't. Someone has to stay to cover the withdrawal. That's you.
      Nate: So, I die?
      Dad: No, you keep fighting.
      Nate: But everyone else gets away?
      Dad: That's right. You saved them all.
      Nate: Oh. Cool.

  • Comments (2746)

    • Havoc1

      9 years ago

      I actually know of an SF dude here at Bragg who is 100% blind. Also, there's no way to enlist with pre-existing injuries like that. If you incur one while on duty, you have the potential to continue service, providing a medical review board clears you for the job. I know a handful of dudes still serving with prosthetic limbs.

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      Do a lookup of TSgt Israel del Toro, who is one of the finest men I've ever met and continues to fight to stay in the AF after getting torched back in 2005. DT was a helluva guy when I knew him in 2004, and it's obvious that carried through being WIA.

      Point is, most guys serving with disabilities display the mental fortitude to continue to make a contribution.

    • hedleschiken

      9 years ago

      Didn't mean offence on that last comment, it was in relation to the picture. Amputees do have some potential for enlisting which is what I got from the pic. I couldn't see people who are unable to see or unable to think have a position in the armed forces.

    • Havoc1

      9 years ago

      it’s not greasy or slippery like most lotions

      Obviously, this lotion is of no use to me! smiley8.gif

      I'll put it up there on the shelf next to Boudreaux's Butt Paste and Taint Paint. And yes, I do vaseline my nipples before long, cold runs, thank you.

      When I was at Ranger School up in the mountains and it was so goddamned cold, everyone's fingers were splitting. Several of mine were split all the way down into the meat and it was hellish for mountaineering. Of course, after our booger-hooks were all dicked up, they gave us this yellow snot-colored stuff in specimen cups that we just called "monkey-spunk". It was based on lanolin and a few other items and probably would have been awesome if they'd given it to us ahead of time. I would put that shit on 8+ times a day, hoping to accelerate the healing process, but those cracks didn't begin to close up until graduation because you simply couldn't just take it easy and heal and your hands were always frozen.

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

      9 years ago

      I saw this and instantly thought of you.

      Avoid Cracked Nipples (and Hands)

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      Here’s an accessory you won’t find in your local bike shop: Lansinoh lanolin lotion. While it’s great for chapped nipples, we’ve also found it’s great to use on dry cracked hands. Keeps hands soft after an afternoon of bike wrenching and hours of cleaning your muddy ‘cross bike. It also makes a great conversation starter when spotted in your tool box. It stays on through several handwashings and it’s not greasy or slippery like most lotions so you can get a good grip on your tools.

      Check out the ingredients after the break.

      I bet you’ve never seen a sheep with dry cracked skin… (That’s where lanolin comes from if you didn’t know, basically concentrated sheep sweat. Hey, it works!)
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      It’s super thick, and tough to rub on–but soooo worth it.
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    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #116:

      In reply to tomii, #2:

      Hard to believe Edward Penishands could have a sequel. I mean...how do you top that?!


      heh - I had heard of that movie, and thought the entire idea was hilarious.

      But then I read that link you posted, and that was the only movie they reviewed, there at the bottom. Hysterical review.

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

      9 years ago

      Indeed, but that's probably because Hiyao Miyazaki's main priority isn't to provide something that's marketable and will primarily get alot of money.

      What kind of "stupidity" has been forced on you if you don't mind me asking?

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

      9 years ago

      So, how does it feel to be back?

      P. S. Hayao Miyazaki films rule.

    • pt606

      9 years ago

      Any company that makes T-shirts like this has automatic cred, dude. I know the HK-type engraving seems a bit hokey, but the company has earned their status with a long list of satisfied customers.

      What I'm saying is that range rats everywhere hold Spike's in high esteem, and there's reason for it.

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      Alright, I know a few guys from the class before me that should be showing up to units pretty soon. Just wanted to see if I could give you any dirt on them.

      So when did you get back? I haven't been following the site much lately, school's been taking its toll.

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      You haven't gotten any new LT's from West Point have you?

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      Is your unit not going to be apart of the 30,000 man "troop surge" to Afghanistan?

      Are you still posted down south?

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      Well, tomorrow night President Obama will be announcing his plan for Afghanistan, so I bet if you want action, that's where it will be now.

      How was Thanksgiving for you?

    • bikemancs

      9 years ago

      Hey man, yeah those side seats are awesome, my Chief guided me to them when we first got on... why the heck anyone picks the airline seats are beyond me... On the last flight down here, (VBC) they didn't have the first 2 463L "floors" tied down completely, and they were shifting about 1-2 inches back and forth... I think that would have made me sick!

      anyways, flight just got scratched, ttyl

    • DemoDiver79

      9 years ago

      Thanks Brother. You, too.

      I've been laying low for a bit. Got in trouble for some of my pics and Blogs - alleged OpSec violations. So I went "scorched earth" tactic on anything that could be misinterpreted by my chain of command.

      How have you been? How's life treating you?

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

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #4:

      I try to write about soldiers! smiley8.gif

      Perhaps you should focus on courage, loyalty, fear, and brotherhood. .


      Are all things I feel unqualified to write about. smiley4.gif
      I'll take your advice and lurk, it's clear I need to put more research into the individual soldier.
      My books focus is on the individual person, the importance of there choices vs the importance of mass belief and I try to write from all the stand points that crop up threw out the story.

      But people like soldiers, scientists, high ranking politicians, and the common man (if such a thing exists) are all sources I pause at.
      After all I only feel qualified to write about my self and my beliefs but the work still has to get done and all sides of the story should be told.

      Post edited 11/20/09 4:50PM

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

      9 years ago

      Yes, well
      "I have no responsibilites here whatsoever."

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

      9 years ago

      I understand the reservation of the subject, and that is why I pause; I find to many writers use soldiers as props.
      Which is difficult to shake your head at because technically your suppose, to use your secondary characters as props.

      You said you know your self and you are a soldier.
      I find this is the common mentality of people who have experience in reality.
      I write because it's what I'm good at and I can't stand the way bad writers leave there work.

      In most of my writings I have the stand point that soldiers deal with the short comings of government.
      And that's a hell of a job, the ramifications of which have given me ample subject matter.
      Now however I've come to the detail portion of the work, and know that I am still lacking in my perspective of the individual man.

      I will look into the list you suggested.
      My thanks again.

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

      9 years ago

      Hi there I was wondering if this was the proper name for the book you recomended on your page.
      An epic memoir of war by ssg david bellavia et al.
      The recomendation fallowing the title makes it a bit fuzzy.
      I am an aspiring author and although I am quite confident with my understanding of, and theorys on government.
      The life of a soldier and what goes threw there head always gives me pause.
      I have found few people who wish to discuss this with a complete stranger on line but your book list gave me a direction to go in, my thanks goes your way for that. smiley8.gif

    • armeav8r

      9 years ago

      we think we can brief safety and responsibility into the heads of our Soldiers


      EXACTLY! Typical liberal position that words = actions. It just goes to illustrate the shallowness and vapidity of their thought processes.

    • armeav8r

      9 years ago

      Hey Dood! All I can say is flying made staying in the Army tolerable. When the Army sucks (as it does with frightening regularity) at least you get to have fun flying not to mention one hell of an expensive and valuable skill for use in the aftermarket. DO EET!

    • jtpeton

      9 years ago

      Hope you are enjoying your time back home. I just got a "warno order" maybe going to afghanistan here at the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011!

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Good point there. I'm just annoyed with myself... perfectionist, I guess. I still qualified without any problem, I just hoped to be a little more tight.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Good point there. I'm just annoyed with myself... perfectionist, I guess. I still qualified without any problem, I just hoped to be a little more tight.

    • thekingbeav

      9 years ago

      Small world

    • Megan327

      9 years ago

      OMG. Where did I say that the reason was justified? I said what might be the reason he snapped. Holy cow.

    • Megan327

      9 years ago

      What I said in the Military Thread wasn't meant as I said it. Sorry for being tired and fatigued and nothing coming out right.

      Not everyone has the same upbringing as everyone else, and no one exits OCS/boot with the same ideas. That's obvious with two people of the same rank in the same job.

      Forgive me for being open minded to someone else's problem when I know I suffer from someting that I know full well can trigger something very much like this at the drop of a hat or the littlest trigger possible.

    • dxgunny

      9 years ago

      Alas there was no snow when we were there but it was windy and cold that nite. we stayed at one of the condo that they rent out for the season

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      Yeah, can't wait to get out there! Ever been?

      So how's Iraq been treating you? Spending a lot of time at the beach?

    • Xhyra

      9 years ago

      Have you seen the news?

    • PhoDacBiet

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #2:

      Dude, that cafe sure beats the way chai is served over here!

      Much luck to you with ICE. No ETA on a decision at all? Gov't efficiency at its finest...



      Thanks!

      You sure aren't kidding. I've gotten an e-mail informing me that I had passed...but...no score. For that, I have to wait 6-8 weeks for it to arrive in the mail. Results for a SCANTRON exam via SNAIL-MAIL!

      If you ever decide to drop by Southern California for some reason, maybe we'll hit up those cafes. smiley8.gif I'll be sure to not tell SunJa.

    • pt606

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #193:

      I started using "monkeys with machetes" not long ago, since it carries the connotation not of amusing and funny while being pointless, but of carnage about to occur due to stupidity.

      I like it. I'm gonna start using that. And I'll pretend I came up with it.

    • pt606

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #8:

      I doubt the AT4 could score more than a mobility kill on an M60. But you're the DAT, so you tell me.

      Solid point. The best you could hope for with an AT-4 would be a mob kill by shooting it in the exhaust or taking out the tracks. In that case, the strategies and tactics would shift to those you would use with a barricaded suspect.

      No matter how you achieved the mobility kill, you'd achieve the same effect as what happened with the M60 thief in San Diego when he high-centered the tank on a Jersey bouncer in the middle of the freeway, minus the part where he demolished a few cars and smashed in a bunch of houses along the way.

      Also, watching untrained personnel with the weapons we gave them was, as goes in an old Army adage, like watching a monkey fuck a football.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      I'd say about a hundred hours as a rough WAG, and around $200-$250 probably. The expensive part was actually the catcher's padding.

    • pt606

      9 years ago

      For as much as I know about actually employing the rifle...I really have no idea what you've done here. Care to give me the low-down?

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      See the countersunk hex bolts that hold the carrier key into the bolt carrier? Those hex bolts are supposed to be staked in place by displacing metal around the periphery with the use of a staking tool and a hammer. The idea is that if you push material from one metal piece to another metal piece, it'll hold both pieces together.

      It's the same ends you can achieve with Loc-Tite, except Loc-Tite is a chemical staking compound, whereas I mean to achieve a true, mechanical stake.

      Anyhow, the factory stake jobs from DPMS are at the 12- and 6-o'clock position on those hex bolts, as oriented in the photograph. Hardly any metal displacement there at all. Problem with a poor stake job is that the hex bolts went loose, which then allowed gas to leak from the seam between the carrier key and the bolt carrier, which caused a short-stroke when I was firing the rifle.

      This is yet another in the long list of examples where the proper application of force was the solution to a problem.

    • PhoDacBiet

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #4:


      So, about the hottie with you...

      OK, OK, I kid, I kid! Had you going though! You were already frightened of my fearsome Asian-chick-stealing-white-magic!

      Seriously though, huge congratulations to you on finishing college. It's an achievement that many (foremost amongst them being myself) tend to downplay, but a lot of work and frustration and perseverance goes into it. Good job Will!


      Thank you, sir!

      And yeeeeah....you had me going. I can only imagine what you have to say when you get to the last bit of my latest update....lol...*cringe*.

      Speaking of updates...I should get started on reading yours soon.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #3:

      Hahaha! My dog started doing that with a golf club o.o;;

      It's one of those doggie driver things. When he decided the handle tasted as good as the tennis ball.. well, my plant is currently sitting in a popcorn bowl until I can replace the ceramic pot.

    • Fallout

      9 years ago

      We find out November 1st!

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

      9 years ago

      I'll go with the super glue.

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

      9 years ago

      I pay for part. The only reason it pissed me off is becase 1) there's no logical reason to block it and 2) what business it is of his that I look at such things. Because it's not like I'm a fiend about it and look 24/7 Since I've lived there in June I've looked maybe 4 times, maybe 5.

      It's just stupid.

    • pt606

      9 years ago

      It was a Rem. 700. Good, crisp trigger on it, too. A real hoot to shoot, straight out of the box.

    • jtpeton

      9 years ago

      Thanks for finallly joining the group. I need a pic of your bike so i can post it to the gallery.

    • JonathanL27

      9 years ago

      well as long as no one is but hurt. i just dont get on here and talk that much. no time. but hopfuly that will be changing soon

    • JonathanL27

      9 years ago

      In reply to JonathanL27, #12:

      You do realize you're talking to a USMC Gunnery Sergeant, right?

      In the Infantry, we like to call that a failure to make PID.



      Sorry Sir. And i tried to make it seem that i was talking in general to the thread. but failed that mision...

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Yeah, something like that. =P

      Every once in a while I just need to remind myself not to be stupid.

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

      9 years ago

      Other people organize site gatherings and make postings about it, however the biggest one is rvbto. TO meaning Toronto. I know that there is PT:Philly and maybe a few other very small ones, but for the most part the big gathering that you might hear mentioned frequently is RVBTO which only happens in Toronto.

    • GoldenZephyr

      9 years ago

      Let's see:

      I have two strap cutters. One is mounted on my right side, above my drop holster. Can't see it cuz of the m16 mag pouch.

      As soon as I started fucking with the LBV, I hated it. I'm going to keep all of that stuff on my armor. I'll probably move the IFAK to the left kidney area too cuz that'll put it over my drop pouch and leave my back open. I think they are only going to have us wear our armor to and from work. (which is five miles one way) So I would look for a balanced load but I really have no idea what we're going to be doing once we get in theater. Our armor is the IOTV. I've got the jettison handle too. Already working on muscle memory for that one too. I think we just have the canteens for the CNBC but I don't expect Bin Laden to use stuff that'll force us into chem suits and gas masks for days on end. I have a boot knife and a K-Bar that'll be with me. I have a gerber, 'nother knife, and an M9 Bayonet that I'm looking for room. Digital camera for sure. My canon fits into grenade pouches and arm pouches very well. My note pad goes on my other arm pouch. I've got a surfire tac light that I just realized needs a pouch and a streamlight "sidewinder" that's going on my left shoulder somewhere. (it's got an IR strobe that will be handy for LZ marking. along with other lights to make it useful) The rest of my nice-to-haves are in my assault pack. Compass, tape, etc.... The distance to work makes it more like a dismounted patrol but who knows what's really going to happen once we get sent out to the FOBs.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Oh, also his callsign is Jughead now.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Yeah, I gotta say I'm a fan.

    • bikemancs

      9 years ago

      I confirm, they are already holding mail for one of our LTs.

    • K5iftyNine

      9 years ago

      25% stupid and 75% trolling.

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