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FW: Wikileaks data on Gov’t Computers & Personal Owned

Received the following email regarding the official Army policy on Wikileaks, at least for my unit: From: [redacted] Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 4:03 PM To: 2-2 AVN Staff; 2-2 ASLT COs; 2-2 ASLT 1SGs Subject: FW: Wikileaks data on Gov’t Computers & Personal Owned Computers (UNCLASSIFIED) Importance: High ALCON, Below is the guidance for [...]

The Sound of Cannon

Those of you who follow me on twitter know that I recently described tank fire as making a crumping sound. Recently I had the opportunity to learn otherwise. Tank fire sounds like a bass drum the size of a stadium. It is louder than thunder. A kilometer away from the firing, it rattled the walls [...]

Level Up!

The paradox of excellence is that for doing good work, your reward is more work to do. Actually, it’s not much of a paradox unless you assume that a fundamental goal at work is to earn the most pay for the least amount of trouble, which seems a very reasonable goal. It’s not quite the [...]

Change of Command Video

At the beginning of this month, I got a task: I was to produce a comedic video short, 10-15 minutes long, celebrating the tenure of the BN Commander, to be shown at his outbound Hail and Farewell dinner. One of my peers would back me up, and I’d have command support for getting the filming [...]

The Apache Video

(Preface: I am neither an official Pentagon source nor an official spokesman for the Army. I am a US Army UH-60 pilot otherwise entirely dissociated from this event; these are my personal opinions.) A video was posted recently by WikiLeaks. It’s gun camera footage from an Apache engagement on 12 July 2007. The video begins [...]

Fixed Wing Multi Engine Qualification Course

Dropped off a packet today to apply to the FWMEQC. Fixed wing transitions used to be a perk available to old crusty warrant officers with over 20 years of service. Recently, someone high up decided that it’d be good to have some younger fixed-wing pilots as well. I have to admit, I’m kind of excited [...]

Professional Development Day

It’s that time of year again: the entire BN took the day off to attend mandatory seminars. Until lunch, it was the familiar parade of lectures that boil down to “It is better for you personally and for the Army if you are not a drunken boor.” After lunch, we had an interesting tour of [...]

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Things they didn’t cover in the Armorer’s course

Sometimes the high-security lock is so high security that it won’t open, or close, or release the key, until you get in and bang on it with a sledgehammer a few times. Once that’s done, though, it turns with a sweet, oily smoothness.

Snow Day

The army’s schedule accommodates no man. It doesn’t matter that I signed in from leave three days ago or that I’ve been living from a duffel since the beginning of October. Today there was a mission! An important, long-planned mission which, since I’d been gone for the duration of the planning, basically required me to [...]