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Chic says hi to everyone. He finishes processing tomorrow and the training begins.

He'll check in when he can. Limited access on the gubment computers, don't you know.
 

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What kind of training is that? How to keep the sand out of your weapon, or how to identify the terrorist in a crowd?
 

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training, you know, training. Recognizing sand, identifying a sandstorm, what to do if caught in a sandstorm. As well as dealing with different kinds of sand.

Did I mention sandy sand, too?
 

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May the force be with you, always....
 

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CHICSTER!

:bluethum: Be safe!

Buster.
 

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Chicster Update...

Here's an update from our very own Chicster.



Chicster said:
What's up? Still here at Ft. Bragg. Got some good training and got some poor training. Things are messed up here. No real flow. It's like they are trying to get things up and running and we are the guinea pigs. Oh, well.

Weather has been frikin' cold. We even got snow last week, then I followed that up with a nice walk through the woods for around 10 hours (split between day and night) for land navigation practice. It was about 30-35 degrees that day, so it made our trek quite exhilarating. Oh, yeah, through a swamp area. Honestly, I love that kind of crap, so it wasn't bad. Did give me a cold though. Seems to be breaking off now. I'm feeling better, and the weather seems to be getting warmer now.

I would like to check in with the MJ.com weight loss thread. Probably shed about 20 lbs already, and it feels pretty good. Trucking around with almost 60 pounds of body armor, plus water and an assault pack sure burns a lot of calories. I have been watching what I am eating, too. I wish I had a scale.

Got about 2-3 weeks more of training, then we pack the pallets with our gear. We are getting a 4 day pass before we go. That would be a nice break. The Queen will be coming down and we are going to head east for a few days, just to get away. We almost planned on coming down to FL, but I don't want to spend the 4 days traveling all over the country, so we dropped that plan.

Well, tell everyone that cares, I said hello. I am feeling good and am actually looking forward to the upcoming mission. I hope to get some more job specific training in the near future so I can have a little warm and fuzzy.

Thanks for listening. I will keep in touch, and again, I hope to get to meet you gents in person on the flip side of this year!

Chic
 

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Great stuff. Whoever speaks to him next tell him to keep his head down and his aim true!
 

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Thanks, Tim. That was nice to read.
 

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Hope they get my mans training up to snuff.

Hope you and the Queen get some good quality time.
 

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ChicsterMG update thread part III

This just in from our brother, Chic.



Hello Gents and Hello to all.

Well, for the first time since I got here; yesterday, I had a strong
feeling of just wanting to be home. We have spent all our time here at
Fort Bragg on a simulated FOB (Forward Operating Base). This base is
supposed to be designed to simulate life in theatre. Problem is, we will
be living somewhat better there than here. Don't get me wrong, life
is livable, but there are a few missing neccessities. Like flush
toilets, washing machines and the like. Things you can live without, but
tend to make life a little better. The tents are some serious living
quarters though. Very nice state of the art brand new tents, deigned for
surviving in the harsh varied weather of Alaska, hence the name Alaska
tents. Each tent runs in the ball park of $14,000. They come with a
AC/Heating unit that pumps the air through a Tyvek duct system.

Anyway, my job I will have overseas really cannot be duplicated here,
so I have been just space holder during the mission type training. It
gets old after a while when you don't have much to do to be part of the
team. So, I just felt a need to be home. It came and went and I am
good to go. Everyone goes through it I guess and I'm sure it will come
and go again.

The required training is pretty much done. Everything from weapons
qualification to HUMVEE rollover training. Rollover training was pretty
cool. They actually have a simulated HUMVEE that, you guessed it, rolls
over. Really gets you turned on end..hehe. We have started our
evaluation this week which tells us we that we are good enough to head over
the pond. Like I said earlier, my job over there will be much
different from what I am doing here, so I don't know what I am going to be
doing this week. Maybe base protection or combat patrols. Whatever.
After this, we head onto Ft. Bragg actual and live in Barracks with running
water and an attached bathroom. I plan on sitting in there and just
flushing the toilet for about 2 hours straight. Ahh, the simple joys in
life.

Another two weeks and a four day pass and then we head out. The
weather has been nice, the training ok, and I am dropping LBs like a cop
drops doughnut crumbs. What could be better. Except maybe a beer....or
BBQ....or a nice long ride on the C50. At least the Queen will be coming
down to see me off on the four day pass. It will be good to see her
then.

Thanks for the ears, tell everyone I say hello. Talk to you gents
soon.

Chic
 
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