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    • High Flight

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Some GREAT videos here.
      www.vimeo.com/1021632

      The F-15 climb-out, combined with the music, is so awesome. Check the guy's other videos and there's some good stuff.

      They're shot on some new camera I've never heard of, but it shoots every single frame in RAW format (very storage intensive) at 4096x2048, which is apparently about half of IMAX. Truly awesome. Course, it's like $18k, so I'll wait for a used one to come up on eBay...


      www.vimeo.com/924328
      Some pieces of the previous video, with different music. I don't know what it is about that F-15 burning down the runway and then doing the climb-out. Either it's really beautiful or my brain is fried, because I got choked up.

      For some reason, it reminds me of John Gillespie Magee Jr.'s "High Flight"

      Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
      And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
      Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
      Of sun-split clouds, â€' and done a hundred things
      You have not dreamed of â€' wheeled and soared and swung
      High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
      I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
      My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

      Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
      I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
      Where never lark, or ever eagle flew â€'
      And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
      The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
      Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


      As I just told the photographer:

      The A'stan video set to Ave Maria... Wow. I don't know what it is--either it's beautiful or my brain is fried from 3 days of parade practice for All American Week. The part where the F-15 does the climb-out... I don't know what it is. It's like that bird is burning along the ground, chained up and restricted. Suddenly, it finally decides to break free of this rude existence and move on to a better place beyond our capacity to reach or understand. It's like an allegory of a life well-led, where a Warrior goes down fighting. I can't explain it. It's beyond my ability to express. It makes me think of John Gillespie Magee Jr's sonnet, High Flight.
    • Remind me after this is over

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      to tell you why I fucking hate the secret service and pussy-ass "Yes-Men" who refuse to denounce faggotry when eating it by the handful.

      Stood in the sun from 0700-1330 today again. Two parade practices. Even with 30SPF, I have an angry red line across my forehead, the right side of my head is white, and the left is burned.

      On a positive, but somber note, the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment HQ building and GWOT memorial were dedicated today. LTC Gorham was the first Battalion commander, and was killed during Operation Husky while attacking a tank with a bazooka, not long after defeating another tank the same way. To put it simply, the man is legendary.

      Once the HQ dedication was finished, the GWOT memorial was dedicated. Family from all the Paratroopers to be honored were present. I've known my share of guys killed or maimed doing this job. We all know what we've asked for, but it's never easy to find out another buddy is gone. But I'll tell you what's harder is watching his kids, his wife, and/or his parents touching those big, black, irreversible letters on that granite marker. It chokes me up even now to think about it. It's like a good hard punch in the gut. The pain is physical. I only wish more people could (or would) feel it and come to terms with the fact that we have to finish what we've started, no matter how distasteful the task has become.

      All the way, Paratroopers! H-Minus!

    • Conversation with The Man

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      EDIT: Read this op-ed piece. Now.

      I'll admit...I was pretty fucking steamed (more like cooked) that I spent 0730-1300 doing a fucking parade practice. Not that I'm above it, but the last time I checked, I'm a goddamned busy guy with some real-world can-not-fail work to be done. I resigned myself to staying late tonight and catching up. Then I received word that report time in the morning for weapons draw to do parade practice again (this time with the whole battalion, not just the staff, first rank, and right file) is 0400. For a 0730 start. You just have to roll your eyes. And leave the office at 1600.

      So, as we were finishing up the 505th PIR's Regimental Picnic, four of us captains were standing around bullshitting for a few minutes. Sure enough, up drives MG Rodriguez (All American 6 aka the 82nd Airborne Division Commander) and he heads straight for us. What ensues is one of those rare candid bullshit sessions with a senior officer (some of you guys seem to think I'm up there, but here's an O-8, 5 grades above me, punching me for being a wiseass). We spent some time talking about what he hates about staff-work. (If it's more than black and white and the pictures/diagrams/unit flashes don't somehow increase his understanding, "I'm ordering you motherfucking captains to cut that shit out.") This of course was said with a smile, because he knows it's the layers between us who seem to be tuned into the "value-added" dimension of Powerpoint, Excel, and Word.

      He told a story about when he was the G3 at Corps and the boss told him he wanted a semi-annual training update from all the divisions. The catch? "I want no more than 6 slides from each division. That's it." Now here's a man who, as a Colonel ("a fucking no-load staff pogue"), is playing the telephone game with a division commander telling him he's a fucking asshole, a bunch of staff captains ready to raise a shrine in his honor, and a boss putting the word out to smack them bitches down if they think they need more than 6 slides to tell a division's worth of training info for 6 months. If you've been a staffer, you immediately see how funny this is. Especially from a guy who now has a staff of his own. When I pointed out that I'd had to send him (really, his staff) a 68-slide monstrosity on the brigade's readiness last week, I got punched. "So you're the asshole sending that shit!" smiley0.gif

      Any way, on to something relevant. He told another story about an op in Afghanistan while he was there recently. I can't give all the details, but suffice it to say, a senior staff guy in a TOC or some such place made the mistake of telling him something was too hard. This was related to an engagement where an RPG impacted an OP and collapsed it on its 3 occupants. During the furious firefight that ensued, two of the guys, assuming their partner was dead and unable to drop everything and dig, bugged out to another position. Hours later, they returned to find their comrade not only was not dead, but he'd dug himself out, command-detonated all his claymores, put his weapon in operation and fired several magazines, and taken his pants off to tie a tourniquet on his leg.

      Moral of the story? "Motherfucker, there ain't nothing too hard. Especially on the staff."

    • It's slinky, it's slinky!

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      ...it's fun for a girl and a boy.

      No, I'm not talking about your little sister's outfit. I'm talking about today's division run. Ugh. Sprinting one moment, nut-to-butt the next. Four miles of fun. Lots of hot MILFs along the sidewalks, lots of fat women falling out. (seriously, if you're a female in the Army, it's like your duty not to reinforce well-earned stereotypes about being fat and useless.)

      But, what made it all worth it was the spectators at the end. No, I'm not referring to the division commander or the CSM of the Army. I'm talking about the old gentlemen wearing their WWII uniforms. I desperately wanted to fall out of that run and salute those guys. I hope I see them again this week and get a chance.

      Time for bed. 0430 wake-up to be at a 0530 parade practice. Apparently we need 3 hours of walking in a circle to remember how. Not like I have anything more important to do, like, oh, coordinating this TDY to JRTC for BN staff and leadership.

      LOLercopter at the helicockter. (Somewhat NSFW; vid is priceless!)

      Fuck you, Offspring. It was a good song (or at least the lyrics--the music is pretty "meh") until the last lines, you bunch of shit-stains. (Note, if it should be discovered that it's not about school shootings and hiding behind desks in the last couple of lines, then I retract my previous statement and give them a "Bravo!")

    • Early wake-up

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      I have to get up at 0330 in order to be at work by 0445 for a division run at 0700. You read that correctly, it will apparently take over 2 hours to get in formation or position or what-the-fuck-ever for a 4-mile run. I intend to do some serious heckling of fall-outs.

      Two days at the range this weekend. Good stuff, though I'm running low on 5.56 and cringe to even consider the cost of buying more. Finally got the breakdown for the Mosin Nagant bolts down. Mom somehow got a shell stuck in the bore of the old Stevens Savage Model 94 .410 (mine's in MUCH better condition, but here's an old advertisement) and had to drift a pin out of the ejector mechanism. Thankfully, for once, it took literally under a minute. I'll have to see which kid wants it, as that old shotgun was given to me when I was a bit young. Even has a picture of me in all my mullet glory under a clear plastic/enamel plate on the butt-stock.

      The Mosin Nagant M38 was good for many smiles as always, and I thoroughly enjoyed "demonstrating" the use of the Ruger 10/22 to my buddy's wife and putting 10 shots inside a 2-inch circle at about 40 yards. Guess I need to go back to my saved reference from MarineTech and get a semi-cheap spotting scope, as it's a bit of a pain in the ass to see .22 or .223 holes at that distance.

      Coolest of all was shooting my friend's Luger DWM. It's a civilian version (no military stamps) from probably just after WWI. His grandfather acquired it in Argentina after various Nazis hid there following WWII. It shot about 3" out at 2 o'clock on a 7 yard target, but did so pretty reliably. Pretty cool bit of history. That's something I love about old guns. There's some kind of draw for me if it was someone's pride and joy once, if it was some kid's first 12-gauge, if it saw service on the Eastern Front during WWII, etc.

      Speaking of history, did I post this? God bless America. If only I had $15k sitting around. Look at the other auctions he has up. Sweet jesus!

      By the way, I patterned the Ithaca Model 37 (I have #4 with a rifle-slug barrel as shown, and a long-ass shot barrel, plus the old school foregrip, not the beehive) today and that sucker is tight! Would definitely be good for birds on the wing.

      Well, time to get the PT clothing assembled, check tomorrow morning's weather, and rack out. I'm about to drop off the net for a month or so, but I'll see all you clowns later, and DadHavoc will have all the juicy details, I'm sure.

      PS, Happy Birthday to the newest member of Fight Club. Despite all efforts (his own, his siblings, and his parents), Carl the "Egg" turned 1 today. He promptly took a dive on a low-lying table and now has a bruise that runs diagonally across his forehead, the bridge of his nose, and down onto his cheek. Happy birthday little man--wish I was gonna be home for the next one.)

    • Ignoramuses (ignorami?)

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      If you're so fucking ignorant that you think shooting a Quran repeatedly and then leaving it for a Haji militiaman to find is no big deal, you're a fucking oxygen thief.

      If you're so fucking ignorant that you think shooting a Quran somehow is an assault on god and your faith and it merits a violent response, you're a fucking oxygen thief.

      It's a goddamned book. An inanimate object. No heart, no soul, no love, no fears. Except for ignorant fucks who are members of the Religion of Peace, who gives a shit? Get a new one.

      Ugh.

      www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/05/17/btsc.ware/index.html

    • Some mindset advice

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      "You're only one bad day away from command. Don't forget that."

      Kind of an eye opener when you think about it like that. Happy to be the new Assistant Operations Officer. Even though it's still staff work, the Brigade commander advised me twice today to get ready to take a company--the second time in front of the entire brigade staff. That's simultaneously terrifying and tremendously gratifying. I'm not ready, but I'm ready to try.

      Found out 5 minutes after I showed up at work that I'm leaving for a TDY to Ft Polk next weekend, and when I get back, I'll have enough time to grab a shower, throw my body armor on, and head out to the field for a month. Again, that's good and bad.

      Next quote that had me cheering inside: "You'll have to make the transition from garrison plans to combat plans, which are, quite frankly, easier. Make no mistake, my staff will be outside the wire with me and the boss. We're not bringing any fucking fobbits to this fight." My new XO rules. What's even better is he was the former Operations Officer (S3) at this battalion, so we've been working together for a couple months now.

      Gonna be a good tour.

    • LAWL

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

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    • Terrorism has no religion

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Awesome video that I saw today at a Leader's Development Program brief on the Iraqi organizations on the ground in our expected AO. Check out the other stuff at NoTerror.

      Marshall, if you're able to view them, tell me what you think the reception would be from people in your sector. What do your terps think? If you're able to see the others, what do they say in Arabic?

    • One tough son of a bitch

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Found out a couple hours ago that I nearly lost a friend back in Dec 2005. I had no idea until I saw it in the Army Times today. DT is a really great guy and was excited to be headed to Afghanistan the last time we talked. Drank just a few beers with him back when he was a JTAC at 25 FS at Osan in 2004.

      JTAC fights to stay in after injuries

      One more friend I owe for. Fucking ignorant savages.

      Speaking of ignorant, I got a brief on ISR platforms and company intel fusion cells and a bunch of other stuff. The ISR platform/systems/integration brief just blew me away. I usually know what most of those systems do, or at least I've heard of them. We went through a bunch of stuff today that I've never even heard of. Wowza. Some of that shit will amaze you guys when Popular Mechanics finally gets a hold of it.

      Learned today that Fedex-Kinkos locations can basically interpret the rules in any way they seem fit. I hauled ass downtown during lunch and was almost late to a meeting with a 2-star as a result, and I didn't even get to ship out the pistol once I got to Fedex-Kinkos. Instead, I have to go all the way to the damned hub at the airport. Fucking gay. I hate this shit with the gov't and the Brady Bill and all that other crap that basically makes it more difficult and more expensive to ship pistols. Want to send a pistol somewhere? Well, it's going to cost at least $30 to overnight it via Fedex, plus another $20-50 for an FFL. Grrr.

      I've been saying that a lot. It's just been a Grrr day.

      It's 2150 and I've officially been home from work for 30 minutes. Time for bed.

  • Comments (2746)

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      About fire watch, I don't think we'll be having fire watch while we're there. It's not in the cards right now, anyway. Let's just hope that we don't burn down.

    • armeav8r

      13 years ago

      Yeah SERE training was fun wasn't it...

      I especially enjoyed the dirt floor 3 ft. high cells they put us in with snakes and rats running around.

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      I dunno...I'll have to check the rule book
      oh who cares...sure thing

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Nope you won....free beer for a year.....or a brand new car, which ever one you pick

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      You don't want to know what you won?

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Yep you guessed it...a puffer....

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Ha, you French-speaking bastard! We just call it a cord, and it's standard issue for Honor Guard members. Makes it obvious who the Drill and Ceremony monkeys are, I suppose. We're special like that.

    • NOVAmonkey

      13 years ago

      what was your gamer tag again.
      sign into xbox.com and add me

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Ishtar!

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      thanks...and yeah I've heard that too, it's true...I put some silica packs into the housing before the next dive and it worked wonders

    • armeav8r

      13 years ago

      Hey, armeav8r, what's the alternative to the real Special Forces?


      It always pisses me off that every special unit is referred to as Special forces. They're not. There's one special forces and one only. JFK's Green Berets. That it. Not Air Force Pararescue, Not rangers, not Airborne. Special in their own way, maybe. 1 Special Forces and one only.

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      just wondering but would you like any dive photos I took this year?

    • Gael

      13 years ago

      Yeah.. but I actually LIKE the leatherneck-esque jackets.

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      240 hours is 6 weeks at 40 hours per week. I have too much leave..

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      You're very welcome, sir. smiley0.gif

      I have heard from Stmikl, and he's doing good. By all accounts he had an excellent vacation, and is now settling in Stateside.

    • bikemancs

      13 years ago

      I get no car.... saddness... gotta make friends with one of the other LTs or something....

      oh yeah, 3 weeks....

      Post edited 5/14/06 7:26AM

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Dude, that stunt is right up my alley, too. It's good to know that I'll someday have a sexual harassment case on my hands. Against another male, no less. Geez, the future does not bode well for The Paul.

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Quick I need anything you know about the Cabanituan Raid in the Phillippines during WWII!

    • thekingbeav

      13 years ago

      Hey, I know it sounds like aybe I'm sucking up, but I just wanted to let you know that I look foreward to and enjoy your journals more than any other on this site. Keep up the good work, and God bless Americia.

    • AKSHOOTER

      13 years ago

      You haven't been SPAM'D until you have been SPAM'D by the best.........

      wva5it.jpg

      Now it's offical

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

      13 years ago

      The Thompson is fun to shoot, but a bitch to clean. The upper has very deep/steep ramps, making it hard to get clean.

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

      13 years ago

      52nd TFW was at Spangdahlem AFB, GE

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      Hehe, you're welcome. smiley0.gif

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      lol... made it big? Are you kidding me? I've been big, dude. smiley8.gif

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      To hell with the neg-modding retard. He's some elitist moron who'll never get anywhere in life for lack of tact. And yeah, it's totally true that they'll feature anybody these days...

      I remember the good ol' days of RvB when only the people who spent the most amount of time online could be on the front page...

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      I wouldn't show your wife this....maybe your kids, but not the wife 04-22-06023.jpg

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Hehe, for some reason I immediately thought, Lord of the Flies.

      Ralph has the conch!

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      You're right, that's even lower. smiley7.gif

      What the hell possesses people to do that kind of thing??

    • Glaxton

      13 years ago

      Congratulations on being here at RvB for six months!

      I created a banner for you Here, you can download it and post it if you like.,
      OR, just delete this message and go on with your life! smiley0.gif

    • clarence034

      13 years ago

      Thanks for the info. "Battlefield 2" makes a lot more sense than "Batshit Feng Shui 2."

      Then again, I bet Batshit Feng Shui would be at least half as awesome as Katamari.

      --Clarence

    • sharku

      13 years ago

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    • SPECWARRIOR

      13 years ago

      Keeping this stricted to bush.

      Saying that the president dosent go on "vacations" is false, there are videos of him golfing, hunting, and just about whatever, though this would probaly fall as to what you say is down time, but he does it quite a bit, and shouldnt really be expected from a leader of an entire nation. I had also never said that he dosent do work away from the white house either. Further most, this man really isnt even a president. Kinda weird how Florda, the state his brother was heading, would somehow fuck up with their voting process. He had lost the election, but with help from his brother and do to his fathers appointments with the supreme court he was able to cheat his way into presidency when losing by over 500,000 votes. That in itself is a reason why he is a bad president, most especially when he had never won to become it in the first place.

    • SPECWARRIOR

      13 years ago

      First off, I wasnt aiming to judge an entire culture. Im not afraid to admit I had used the wrong words. But to then turn around and judge all high school students isnt much better. And if you like a president who goes on vacation more days then doing work in the whitehouse is completely up to you, as I said before, ----> idc.

    • SPECWARRIOR

      13 years ago

      pfft lame, that in itself is weak. I know no one has to agree with me, but no one really needs to be a ass over it too by posting shit like you. As you said, neg modding helps prove a point, as I had done. Judging someone that you dont know, based off what they said is stupid and ignorant in itself, which you are clearly doing. I guess you koreans just dont think before you say. Also, what are you to judge of my thoughts of a countrys leader that you dont even live in? You can chuckle all you want about the 5 seconds it took for me to negmod you, idc.

    • SPECWARRIOR

      13 years ago

      if u dont like something dont comment on it jackass

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Dude, I'm all sorts of turned on by the idea of having a bunch of those patches...

      Even if the other guys don't want them, I'll still take a batch... Lemme mull over the exact numbers after you give me a price, cool?

    • Fallout

      13 years ago

      Sure yeah, that's what it normally takes. The only problem is my birth certificate is back in the US and it juste isn't worth the hassel considering everything I want to see is in the West side.

    • Fallout

      13 years ago

      Good advice, but I don't have a passport. So no go on the Eastern Bloc.

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Sweetness, dude. I'm totally game to get a few of these things for myself, but I'm sure there are a bunch of other guys who'd love to buy some. Keep me posted, dude.

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Dude, you could get those made?? I immediately want to order a dozen (makes sense, doesn't it?), but let me check with the guys to see who would want a couple made, also... I can see this getting sewn on a uniform as a joke someday...

    • Armordfist

      13 years ago

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    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Holy ass, for a second there, I thought it was me! But alas, I am not e-popular enough for that shit. smiley8.gif

    • NOVAmonkey

      13 years ago

      HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH . . . . . LMAO

      Fuck you


      ;D

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      So I gather that you, being one of the lowest ranking assholes pulling guard with ma deuce, wore battle rattle until you smelled and then ate your weight in delicious tomato paste fishead soup.

      Are you kidding me? I was the second-rankingest guy on my tank crew, but leave it up to Tanker Logic to make the gunner on the HMMWV the second rankingest man on the crew...

      I mean, if it was that way on the M1's, then it had to be like that on the Humvees, too, right?

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      Actually I only read that comment a few minutes ago. After I'd cleared my ginormous watchlist, answered PMs, sprinkled out a few comments and mods, and caught up on the threads I'm watching, I finally got around to e-stalking my friends. (God bless the log function. I love it. smiley0.gif )

      Now I'm racking my brains to see if there's something else I can recommend and get love credit for.

    • AKSHOOTER

      13 years ago

      Greetings, from Alaska. How are thing in the far East? It was 48 degrees today, snow is melting and the poop daisy are coming up. smiley0.gif

    • Gael

      13 years ago

      This is going to get me in trouble, isn't it?

      Also, YOU should ask him if he enjoys picking cherries. Cause we were pretty amused by him.

    • bikemancs

      13 years ago

      eh, no, not active duty, she was a contractor for a bit (grew up in germany--dad stationed there for Military intel) so that's where she returned to after the contractor... all i got is one email addy...

    • BooYaaLefty

      13 years ago

      I was making fun. Lefty as in BooYaaLefty. I got stung on my right hand by a scorpion during mine clearing DRILLS while in Armenia. The scorpion was a pretty bad mother and I got a blood infection and my hand swelled to 4 times it's natural size. After A LOT of medication they cut open my hand and squeezed LIKE HELL. They managed to get all of the bad juju out but it left my right hand in pretty bad shape. I had to learn to use my left hand to do everything hence the nickname LEFTY

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      We break free from the Standard Defensive Response by teaching officers to engage repeatedly until the threat disappears. On the range, that equates to shooting until the target turns away.

      Additionally, everyone has the ability to shoot accurately, but if you're shooting tight groups, you're shooting too slow. Pick up the pace until you start missing the 5-ring, then slow it back down just a hair. That's your fastest/most accurate shooting speed.

      Also, we did this drill where we shot from the 10-yard line, and attempted to empty a 10-round magazine in 6 seconds into the 5-ring. Oh, and we do this all from the holster, not from the low ready.

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