JAG-ged Edge
Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Saturday, 20-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
More more of the same

11/20/04: Kinda a wasted day. I went out for the Convoy Live Fire with the 390th AG from Alexandria, commanded by MAJ Bill Fectaeu, Class of ?89, D3. The point of this exercise is to teach units to work together and fire at bad guys from moving vehicles. The range looked like found. Lots of pop ups?even a moving one. But for me the day consisted of three rides in the back of 5 ton truck. Luckily, I brought a book. It was a bit surreal. Me in flak vest and Kevlar sitting in the back of 5-ton reading old paperback copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald?s The Great Gatsby while M-16?s and SAW?s are spewing live rounds on either side of me. The hot brass kept hitting me in the face and landing in my book. When I got back at about 1500, I went to a day of CTT training with the 818th. The classes were pretty good reviews of how to treat a sucking chest wound, treat burns, apply tourniquet, call a medevac etc. Then off to the movies.

Friday, 19-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Common Task and Training

11/19/04: Today I did CTT training with the 818th a lot of it was tasks I?m not required to do, but I wanted to know about the newer weapons in the army inventory and brush up on some others. The MK 19 is pretty amazing. It?s a machinegun grenade launcher that fire about 100 grenades per minute. In other news, my orders finally were cut and made their way to me so I feel like the end is very near. I noticed that the ?period of active duty? is for 545 days or 18 months. That?s a little disturbing but my old CONUS orders said 725 or just under two years so I guess 18 months is okay. Amy made arrangements for me to go home over thanksgiving. It?s really expensive, but we decided that it would be worth it given the circumstances.

Thursday, 18-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Defensive Fire

11/18/04: I went to the defensive fire range today with the 818th. The uniform was full battle rattle. The idea of the range is to train soldiers to act as a team and evacuate injured soldiers and shoot. The basic ?shoot, move, and communicate.? I borrowed a M16 from SGT Green and did the range even though you only supposed to use a your own zeroed weapon. I spent about 15 minutes on the range and about 6 hours and 45 minutes waiting. It was pretty fun though. Silhouettes popped up all over and you just shot them down.

Wednesday, 17-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The 9mm Ranger--NOT

11/17/04: I hustled a 9mm range for today. I was scheduled to meet a driver at 0545, go pick up my weapon, and go to the range. When I got to the Arms Room, they said they sent out my M9 to maintenance because it had a loose bushing screw. Nice of them to tell somebody. Idiots and thugs. BTW, my orders are still screwed up. The illustrious Mr. Flora is trying to send me to Fort Bliss. TDS is working on it. Oy!

Tuesday, 16-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
SHOTS . . .OW!!

11/16/04: My big task today was getting through the SRC. There were soldiers Mob'ing and Demobing and there was a line wrapped around the building. I wasn?t scheduled to go, but I got in because Mr. Baker ?attached? me to an AVN unit and I just acted like I was one of them. When you finally got into the building you were put into rows of waiting room chairs. As one soldier advanced, everyone would get up and move over one chair. I finished the process at 1930. As expected, it was all a repeat of my SRP at Carson. Every station just signed off and moved me to the next?except immunizations which gave me the two shots I missed at Carson? Hep B and Flu. My arm?s still sore.

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