UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 3389 times:
Alright, listen up ladies, I've got some videos to share. Ever since I was detached from my unit, and "volun-told" to help work with a newly arrived guard unit, I've found all this free time. (these ass clowns have some chewed up equipment, so for the first time in Iraq, I've had maintenance-down days). Anyway, I'm getting bored, so I thought I share some military fun:
This is what it looks like to be screaming over the Iraqi landscape. Notice at the very beginning of the video, flares are deployed. It is a common misconception that the enemy only fire RPGs at us, when the truth is, they've got an impressive cache of manpads. Scary shit. Anyway, house-top level at a 150kts is an incredible rush! Good I love this job:
Here's a good video of air drops gone wrong. Remember folks, if you want to airlift equipment, don't airdrop! SLING LOAD!
Ok, I will let the next video speak for itself:
And before all of you start shaking your heads and joke how stupid haji can be... well we Americans aren't that better:
Why do we wear our body armor, boys and girls? Because it works!!!
Interesting note on this video. The soldier who was shot was a field medic. Seconds after this video, these two snipers were spotted and shot. When the Americans came upon the two snipers, they were still alive, and the field medic... who they just shot... gave them life saving medical treatment. THIS is what seperates us from them.
JohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3303 times:
I might have taken your comments the wrong way, but were you calling your adopted unit ass clowns? I might be a bit sensitive, but during my trip there, I saw active, guard, and USAR all tear aircraft up. I think everybody I came into contact with did a damn good job, with just a few exceptions. We took 8 ships over, and brought 8 back, so that made me happy. We had a few active troops attached to us, I'm sure that's not a dream assignment, but we all learned from each other. Good to see the vid, the 240 position was a bit different than what we did, I know SOPs do change. Be safe.
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3245 times:
Quoting JohnM (Reply 2): I might have taken your comments the wrong way, but were you calling your adopted unit ass clowns?
I probably should have made it clearer - I certainly didn't mean to imply that the ARNG as a whole are ass clowns... just this particular unit. They simply came ill-prepared. They came severely under-manned, so active duty guys (such as myself) were assigned to them to augment the gaps. But what we 5 active guys are finding, is that we're having to spend time "teaching" the unit things that they should have already learned back stateside during their weekend drills - or even at NTC. I'm a WO1 (CW2 in two week!), and as cocky as I might be, I have a TON to learn, and I really don't know jackshit about running an aviation unit. So imagine my surprise when a Lite Colonel came to me asking advice!!!
And it's not an issue of "tearing up" the aircraft over the AO... these birds came here with a laundry list of maintenance issues. Which shouldn't have happened! If there were known maintenance issues, why weren't double shifts pulled to bring them up to readiness level? The standards exists for a reason - so we don't have to deal with stateside issues in the combat zone.
And honestly - I was a little angry to get assigned to these guys. You know what it's like - you form a bond with your unit and you learn everyone's idiosyncrasies and quirks. And I worked well with them, and really didn't want to just uproot for 3 months. When I start to gel with this new unit, it will be around the time I have to rehook up with my old unit. But you know, I use to be guard, I've worked/flown with plenty of guard guys, and I have a lot of respect for them.... So I was expecting something far better than what I found, and I was shocked. The people are not "ass clowns" - but the unit as a whole certain is "8 "
Quoting JohnM (Reply 2): the 240 position was a bit different than what we did,
Good eyes my friend, good eyes. Yeah that 240 is mounted differently because that wasn't a hawk - it was taken from the back of a British Puma. Good catch!