Sunday, February 11, 2007

The flock with no shepard

  We went to the range yesterday.  Everyone shot really well.  We did a lot of different drills.  At one point we had to call a cease fire on the range because a bunch of sheep came wondering into our area.  I was able to snap off some pictures of them while my Marines were running at them trying to get them to go away.  It was pretty funny.  At first, only two Marines walked toward the sheep.  They thought they would just wave their arms and the sheep would run away but the sheep just ignored them.  So more Marines had to start running all over the place and herd them away from the range.  Once they were gone, we started shooting again.  Then, about 20 minutes later some other Marines came by herding them back through.  The sheep had wondered into their tent and they were trying to take them back out to the road that leads to the Iraqi Camp that is next to us.  They bring in sheep and goat to slaughter and eat.  I guess some poor Iraqi soldier let diner get out.

  We got in some new jamming equipment to put into the Hummers.  It will help us prevent electronically detonated IED’s.  We don’t have much trouble with those around here.  Most of the IED’s we see are what we call “pressure plate” IED’s.  They are made with two strips of metal with wood or some type of material separating them at the ends and when the Hummer drives over the metal strip it presses the middle parts together and detonates.


At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

What a sight that must have been!! That's one the guys will remember forever and a story they can tell their grandchildren. Sort of like a drive through restaurant, dinner on the hoof. I keep chuckling just picturing the scene.
The jamming device sounds like something that can make quite a difference over there. Hopefully the other IEDs can be detected before any damage happens. Today is Thomas Edison's birthday and he'd sure be pleased with how you are using currents and electronics to thwart the enemy.
Glad you got pictures. Can you post them?
Take care!

At 4:53 AM, Anonymous 147 said...

Mike - remember you have to LEAD sheep, you can't drive them! I can’t wait to see a picture. Tonight some men were talking before our committee meeting about someone seeing a bear and 2 cubs from their deer stand in north AR and how scared he was. I said, "That's nothing, Mike and his Marines were interrupted on the rifle range in Iraq with a herd of sheep - coming and going!" Scared is what those sheep should have defined! Hushed their big story!
Linda, here’s one for your class: “What do you call a cow with no arms or legs?” . . . . . .
Ground beef!
BIG love.

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Here's one I hear from the kids all the time. Where do cows go on dates? To the moooves. What did the mother buffalo say to her son when he left? Bi-son

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, wlked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him...what?

Oh, man, this is so bad it's good)

A super callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

At 4:09 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Two cows are out in the field talking and the first one says, "Have you heard about the mad cow disease?"
"Yeah," the other cow replies. "makes me glad I'm a penguin."

Today your envelope with all the letters arrived!!! Wow! The kids will be so excited because tomorrow is Valentine's Day (remember to call Mrs. MSgt Harris) and in addition to all those valentines, they will be opening the letters from your guys. Please tell them thank you. They are so busy and yet they took the time to write to the kids. Happy Valentine's Day to all your Brave Marines from across the ocean.

At 7:19 AM, Anonymous 147 said...

You are so funny Linda - everyone knows that cows don't talk!!!
Larry also informed me that cows don't have arms!!!
Happy Valentines' Day Mike, Schellee, and Britni.

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Susan from Friends of Carp Library said...

Loved the sheep - you can herd them my way to eat the weeds in the orchard any day.

Stay well.

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you hear about the blond who got fired from the M & M factory??? Yeah, she was throwing away all of the "W"'s.

At 1:41 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Oh, so now it's blonde jokes. Okay, here goes.
Two blondes are talking and the first asks the second:
"Which is farther away, Vancouver or the moon?"
The second blonde answers, "Hellloooo...have you seen Vancouver?"


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