Friday, April 06, 2007

CMC Visit

The Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Sergeant Major of the
Marine Corps came for a visit today. He started off by saying how much
of a good job we have done out here. Then he said, "I know you guys
were extended and you think your going home real soon but I flew out
here because I like to be the one to bring you bad
news......Fortunately, I don't have any for you at this time." There
was a long pause and a lot of silence but then everyone let out a big
sigh. He said there was talk about extending us again but he said he
didn't think it was necessary so we are going to leave as scheduled.
They had to stay here an extra three hours until the weather changed.
The wind was blowing and the visibility was pretty low so the
helicopters couldn't fly out.
Tomorrow, I'll be shooting on the range. We are running a company
wide range that will last all day long. It should be a lot of fun. At
Al Asad they make you do a bunch a situps, and pushups, and then a few
sprints before you run up to the firing line and you have a limited
amount of time to get off all your rounds at multiple targets. That
sounds like a lot of fun. I think that's what they are planning for us
to do tomorrow. When I was on Embassy Duty, we always had something
that would get your heart rate up and make you think while you were
shooting. We used to put little 3x5 cards on the targets with different
numbers or letters and then call out a series of numbers and you would
run up and shoot all the cards with those numbers on each target. They
were put on the targets at random so there wouldn't be a pattern that
you could memorize. We would always time ourselves and come up with a
point system to see who would win. Anytime you make something into a
contest, Marines love it. Our space at Al Qaim is very limited though.
The first time we went, we had to sit down, stand up, sit down, stand
up.... My hamstrings and butt were sore the next morning.
The word that's circulating through the wife network back home is that
the advon will be arriving in California on April 21. We haven't heard
anything. I wonder how the wives get information before us.


At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Hi Mike, for some reason my old computer didn't show anything after your satellite entry...again. My techno skills are definitely lacking.
Congratulations to LCpl Driggers on his win. I can picture the gator dance. His dance with the Buffalo Jills was just a warm up for the final four. Hopefully the Bruins will recruit some taller players who can shoot a bit better. Speaking of shooting, the way the Marines target shoot makes a lot more sense than just standing in one spot. Every Marine a Rifleman as they say. Watch out for any sheep roaming about. Brings roast leg of lamb to mind.
Your ride through the giant dust bowl with the wind howling through is one reason, among many others, that most women couldn't handle being a Marine. You guys are definitely tough!
OOH-RAH to all your Marines who will be awarded medals for their valiant work under trying conditions. I can imagine how hard it will be to see them transfer out. The bonds you all have are so strong.
Thanks for the lesson on what a Warrant Officer is. It sounds as though he has been a true gift to the 3/4 and the picture of him in the turret is priceless.
We are back in session and the last letters have gone out. As the song says, "All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..."
Semper Fi!

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Happy Easter! I hope it's a peaceful one.


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