23 March 2013
It is raining outside currently and has been for about the last 36 hours. It makes a comforting sound as it falls on the tents at night. Needless to say, I got some good sleep last night. Not much is going on here as we enter the sixth month of our deployment. Even as I type this it is hard to imagine that we have been gone for that long. Getting over the hump of the half-way point came and went with little fan-fare.
I spend most of my days now making sure that everyone stays focused. Things are becoming redundant around here. Chow, operations, and every day activities are the same…. Groundhogs day… This time of the deployment, to me, is the most dangerous. Soldiers get into a groove and start to become complacent. No fault of their own, its human nature. This is the portion of the deployment where I become extra picky about everything, even though some of my Soldiers may think it isn’t possible. We need to keep our heads in the game as we enter the fighting season.
We are starting to see more action out in sector as we turn more of our operations over to the Afghanistan National Army (ANA). I walked into the TOC the other night while some of our ANA partners were in contact. “What’s going on?” I asked the Battle Captain. “ANA are in contact” he replied. “Good” was the next thing out of my mouth. The Battle Captain and our Intelligence officer snapped their heads around and gave me a look that could freeze water.
I stand by what I said. I want the ANA in contact. I want THEM to be out in sector killing the Taliban, not us. That’s what we are here to do. Our job was to train and equip the ANA to run this place on their own. If we do nothing but sit on the FOB, eat, drink and be merry, I am fine with that. We have been in contact a few times the last week and my first question has always been the same: “What are the ANA doing?”
I apologize for the lack of updates from down range, but nothing is really happening that I can write about. I am going to start on my book, at least the first chapter or two. I may post it next.
Support from home has been great. I continue to receive boxes of goodies from everyone that has adopted our Troop. It is much appreciated!
Let me know in the comments if there is anything that you would like to know about my deployment, life in the Army, or anything else! Thank you for taking the time to read this!