Thursday, November 02, 2006

New Army slogan is released

  I wrote about the new Army slogan a week or so ago so I thought I would update everyone on it.  The new slogan for the Army is “Army Strong”.  There will be a huge advertising campaign for it that starts on November 9.  The Air Force changed their slogan last month from “Into the Blue” to “Do Something Amazing”.  Again, I thought “Aim High” said a lot with few words.

  My Chuck workout yesterday wasn’t too bad.  I think I’m getting the hang of it, and getting used to it.  I guess my shoulders are getting in better shape.  We didn’t do our evening workout because the SgtMaj had too much work to do.  We did it this morning instead.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a Chuck workout but I’m just going to do cardio instead.

  Last night I went to the Army Special Forces Camp.  They’re called ODA.  I can’t remember what it stands for “Hey dad, maybe you can help me out.”  They’re green berets.  They invited the four senior enlisted guys over for a promotion ceremony.  One of their Sergeant First Class’s got promoted to Master Sergeant.  The Army gives a $150,000 cash bonus to any Special Forces member who, at 18 years, will reenlist for 7 years to put them at 25 years in the Army.  That’s a lot of money.  It’s probably money well spent by the government to have someone with that much experience stay in.  They are having problems keeping guys after 20 because civilian companies are offering a lot of money for security guys in Iraq.  We work real well with those guy’s.  We’ve been doing a lot of joint operations in the area and sharing a lot of intelligence between us.  It was pretty cool to go over to their house and hang out for a while.  They come over here to ours a lot.

  We are suddenly having some problems with some of our equipment and I had to send a team out this morning to check it out.  They’ve been to two different Battle Positions and already fixed all the problems.

  We also turned over one of our positions to the Iraqi’s last night.  That’s good news.  The more we can turn over to them, the faster we’ll be able to bring everyone back.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to turn over a few more before we leave.  The last recruiting effort last month got well over what their goal was.

  We have a civilian visiting us right now.  He’s teaching my guys and two people from each camp how to set up the satellite and all the gear for the MWR’s (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) internet Café’s.  My Marines already know most of it so it’s pretty boring to them but the other guys are learning – I hope.  We’re going to try to eventually get about three computers at each battle position (BP) that has internet access.  The only Marines that have it at the BP’s are the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and the 1stSgt.  We are also trying to hook up internet phones so they can call back to the states and talk to their families.


At 4:42 AM, Blogger mhmcmom said...

proud to hear of the turnover!! good going!!
what does your chuck training consist of?
thinking of you,, praying for you
know you are loved

At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great accomplishments. SALUTE! The ability to "get along" and show interest for the others good shows great teamwork and obvious security in knowing your own "stuff". Wish the politicians here would learn some lessons from you all there - the real men of America.
Do you need us to send you some "energy bars?"

At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Glad to hear the battleposts will have internet access for the guys. Their families will be even happier. The Marines can stick with their slogan,'The few, the proud, the Marines'. How could you top that?

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

UCLA lost to CAL yesterday. UCLA had more yardage, more time with the ball in possession but just missed those crucial touchdowns. I think they only have two seniors on their offensive team so next year they should be much better. USC won a decisive game over Stanford. Rats!
The sentencing of Saddam was handed down today. Take care.
Sending you and your Marines many good wishes and lots of love from all the kids at school.


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