Thursday, September 15, 2005
Understatement of the Year
Came across this quote on Ace's site (c'mon, you know you like to read it too), and I couldn't help but laugh when I came across one of the best examples of someone understating something significant.
"... we disrupted their (IED) class with an artillery attack..."
Here's the actual quote from Colonel H.R. McMaster
"I mean, basically, you know, in a lot of areas of this city, it was -- it was the schoolhouse for the enemy. And they would go in -- they took over schools. They would go into schools, have classes on how to do an IED. I mean, literally, chalkboards. We've got photos of students and teachers standing in front of chalkboards. And, you know, in one engagement we had about a month ago we were able to gain observation of the enemy having an IED class outside of a school with, you know, 30 people gathered around, digging up a hole, and showing how you put in an IED. Now, we disrupted their class with an artillery attack that resulted in 30 of the enemy being killed on that occasion. But it's another example of what the enemy was using this area for."
I'm not in the Army, but I do think this deserves a Hoowa!
Or is it Huwaa!
The Air Force really doesn't have one.
Well, we do, but just sounds like the Lamda Lamda Lamda cheer from 'Revenge of the Nerds.'
posted by El Capitan at 3:16 PM
Every Monday we do squadron PT. Right before we run, our Commander yells, "COM SQUADRON!" And we yell back, "COM COMMANDOS, HOOAH!" It's retarded.
Lamda Lamda Lamda.... You crack me up!!
Me, too!12:58 AM
In our house, that's a running joke b/c at my daughter's 1st Army function, every other minute the commander was rating a "HOOAH" from the gathered guys. My daughter said, "Why do they keep saying 'What?', Mommy?" I said, "It's not 'what', it's "HOOAH!"
"Well, "HOOAH" sounds like WHAT!!"
And, you know what?? It does!
yeah, Hooah. El Cap....I got you a bayonet today. Lemme know how to get it to ya.
We work closely with a joint office that used to employ an Army 0-6 who would respond to emails and voicemails with "Hooah!" all the time.
At first, we laughed, then we realized he was rubbing his Army-ness in our Big Blue faces, knowing that we had no tag-lines of our own, no "Hooah," "U-rah," no "Airborne," no nothin'.
Cap, I think we need to work on this. What can we say when in the joint environment that won't get us laughed out of the conference room?
Personally I think the Air Force should go with "wacka-wacka". :D
More than two years out of the Army and I still find myself saying "hooah!"