Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Observations by MDG...
If you haven't read Ma Deuce Gunner's blog (MDG), you need to make it a habit. This guy is out in Kirkuk where I was deployed last Fall, and his stories and observations are one of a kind.
His latest post is filled with some insightful comments and lessons learned, and is a great window into the world of a U.S. Soldier in Iraq for those who will never have the opportunity to know what it's like. Yes, his story is one of many, but it's one worth knowing.
"Missions have gotten a bit monotonous. I am NOT complaining. Well, OK, maybe I am, just a little bit. The conspicuous absence of IEDs and, well, anything pointy, fast, and airborne headed my direction is not a lamented occurrence. I hesitate to wish for action, because an adrenaline high at the cost of a lost brother is not a fair trade. But part of me wants SOMETHING to happen. Complacency gnaws at soldiers, and we do our best to slap the beast back from our mental edge, through training and perserverance. Everyone here understands that as quiet and un-eventful as things have been lately, this is a 360' battlefield, and the enemy is resourceful and dedicated. I am very proud of my platoon and their diligence."
Spend a few minutes and check out his blog if you've never been there.
posted by El Capitan at 7:44 AM