Thursday, March 20, 2008

This and that

So yeah, it has been a while since my last update. I have been both busy and unmotivated to blog much (or maybe I've been drunk the whole time !?), plus have not had much interesting to write, although I have had several interesting things happen. I'm just not really able to write about them.

All in all things are okay, mostly life is sort of like the movie ground hog day. With no days off to mark the weeks, one week, then one month, bleeds into another. Muqtada al-Sadr's extension of the freeze was complicated recently with a "clarification" that is was not against the cease fire for JAM members to "defend themselves." This has resulted in the militia being seen back on the street around their political offices (imagine if there was a Republican/Democrat Militia) and mosques. Some more radical members have taken self-defence to mean attacking US forces in retribution for the arrest of wanted militia members. So there has been a mild uptick in attacks in our AO, although in perspective it is still really low compared to 2005/2006.

There have been a few personnel changes, but that is always bound to happen on any deployment. And we've had some turmoil with our partner force, but for the most part they are a good bunch of men. But their concept of personal space and comfort touching and holding hands is most uncomfortable for Americans.

For any friends or family reading this in the news - Panel probes troops' electrocution deaths in Iraq - don't worry about us here. The US Navy Seabees checked the wiring on our entire base to make sure we didn't have any wiring issues.

And of course there are the daily frustrations of an American War, with all the bureaucracy, difficultly sharing information, politics and politically driven constraints. We joke that this is like some ridiculous game of tag, where if the fucks can get inside a political office or mosque, they can yell "base" and we can't get them. But I have to trust the constraints are there for Bigger Reasons, made by people who get the Big Picture. It sure sucks for us and the PBI, though.

Of course, I've got to thank everyone who continues to support us, me, and my team. The care packages we get are the envy of the other units in the area [;)


Blue Dude in a Red State said...

Good to hear from you again. I was starting to worry a little bit. You might need to invoke the Lethal Weapon line "Diplomatic Immunity" if you accidently shoot during the game of 'tag'.

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Anonymous said...

Hey Grump, it's good to know you are okay. I had been wondering. We are real proud of you and yours. Holler if you need a blessed thing.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 03/21/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.

Sergeant Grumpy said...

blue dude - when I shoot, trust me it is no accident, but I hear you

Hope - I dig the profile pic, that is Michael the Archangel, no? He is the patron Saint of Paratroopers!

Blue Dude in a Red State said...

My bad on the semantics. I should have put the quote marks on the 'accidently' instead.

Hope you are dealing with the heat OK

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is. The thing I still like about the shot is the angle the photographer used.

"D" AKA CI-Roller Dude said...

SSG Grumpy,
I'm so happy to see you are still alive...I told you to post a picture of a donkey if you have nothing else to say just so we know you're OK! Don't think about the Negligent Discharges, just double tap the bastards...anything worht shooting once is worth shooting twice.
Drink water.