UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2100 times:
So I suppose I'll update you all on the latest & greatest here in Iraq.
Since my last update I've been separated from my home unit and attached to a National Guard unit that just rotated in country. They deployed back in OIF 1, but never worked outside the Kuwaiti AO. So needless to say, they're all ate up and have a lot to learn about working over Baghdad. Truthfully, this whole situation pisses me off. Being a WO1 (my rank) can really suck at times. I'm above all the enlisted ranks, but at the bottom of the commissioned ranks. In a lot of ways, it's like being a "Private" in the officer world. I get pushed around and get the short end of the stick often. I know it's part of the process and something everyone goes through, but is sucks nonetheless. Thankfully I'm getting promoted to CW2 in the near future and I can escape some of the bullshit that comes with being the pee-on.
Since the last time I went on that ride through Baghdad... I was able to score another ride on a convoy. It was one of those "I need to face down my fear and doubt" deals. But we saw no action, so it really didn't serve its intended purpose.
Speaking of that day... I want to thank all of you who expressed your concern and best wishes for me. Being able to talk it out and write down my experienced really helped. So thanks for listening.
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2090 times:
Anyway, here are some more pictures:
I have no idea what the hell this is, but I've seen them often:
Soda - Iraqi style: (It sucks... I'd rather just drink water)
There is a lot of cool "nose art" on a lot of our military equipment. Here are a few ones I like (not my photo)
More pictures of Saddam's palaces:
A few marines and army grunts playing soccer with the local children. They are pretty good... but they don't play fair. Christ, no one in this damn country plays fair, why would it be any different when playing soccer?
Best helicopter in the world:
Our twisted sense of humor:
Even the latrines have to be protected by barrier walls. There isn't a place in Iraq that is immune from a mortar.
Me looking at my helicopter:
The flight line:
Me sitting riding out back. Gotta love the vadar mask!:
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
No way! Iraq had F-4s?
My aircraft identification skills are getting rusty... MIG23 or MIG27? I think it's a -27.
A MIG21... I think this is a trainer version:
An Iraqi helicopter. "My helicopter is better than yours"
A buddy sitting on a T-62 tank. One of the few that escaped ANCFlyer's wrath back during the Gulf War!!
The insurgents don't have tanks... they've upgraded:
More of Iraq's junk military equipment just laying around the desert:
EOD exploding yet another IED or cache of weapons:
Fuckin' haji has been trying to use "psychological warfare" against us. I wonder if our own psych warfare sounds so funny? Two things stand out to me on this: First, isn't it ironic that there are a lot of people here on A.Net who cannot reference President Bush with the proper respect for the office, but the TERRORIST refer to him as "MR" Bush!!??? Second, I love the line about how serving Iraq financially supports my widow and her new boyfriend.
Having been involved in an IED attack... this stuff hits closer to home. And I can't help but wonder if destroying all of these mines even put a dent in Haji's ability to attack us.
Here is the control tower at BIAP (Baghdad International Airport). There are still some buildings that are riddled with bullet holes and war scars from the first battle Americans fought in Baghdad during the initial invasion.
Last Monday was Memorial Day. However, here in Iraq, every day we lose a soldier... is a memorial day. It's hard, there is a lot of pain and death over here, and you see it day-in, day-out . If you're not careful, you'll get swept up in the madness.
Yet another day in Iraq: death, destruction and pain.
Lastly: Me in my flight uniform, vest, helmet and face mask - sexy huh? Sorry I had to black out my name. The last thing I want is CID to show up and start getting on my case for OPSEC violations.
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1): Fuckin' haji has been trying to use "psychological warfare" against us. I wonder if our own psych warfare sounds so funny? Two things stand out to me on this: First, isn't it ironic that there are a lot of people here on A.Net who cannot reference President Bush with the proper respect for the office, but the TERRORIST refer to him as "MR" Bush!!???
Says a lot about some of the people on this site doesn't it.
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Great pictures UH60 . . . glad you're still kicking up dust.
Being low man on the totem pole is sometimes an advantage as you can claim ignorance . . . . once you begin to climb that totem pole, the amount of ignorance one can claim begins to dwindle quickly . . . the grass is not, therefore, greener on the other side . . . .
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1890 times:
Good stuff UH.
Yeah, WO1 does bite. Fortunately it is temporary. Are they rotating in any new Warrants so that you will at least be senior to somebody when you get promoted? Be kind of disappointing if everyone you knew made CW2 at the same time. "Ranking Warrant Officer" is a title rather like "most virtuous whore" but at least you won't feel like you have to correct anyone when they call you 'chief.'
I'm struck by some of your pictures. The throne room for example with the paintings of - dare I say it? weapons of mass destruction. Saddam sure as hell played into this situation didn't he?
The UH-60 panel photo: That looks like an awful lot of annunciator lights for a simple two-engine helicopter. I think that would concern me; clearly someone connected with it expects trouble!
"Kiowas going out on a scouting mission..." How some things don't change. I suppose the mission gear installed has changed but that whole concept is a blast from the past.
"Crashing Sucks!" Damn! That is eloquent.
In general; wow, I thought I lived in a desert. There are mine dumps and alkali flats here in Nevada that are greener than Iraq. The nuclear test facilities are greener! Fertile crescent my ass.
Be safe pard.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1795 times:
Opps - I double posted a picture.
The picture regarding the Iraqi T-62 tank was suppose to be this one:
and while I am at it... one more picture. We try and find creative outlets for our stress. And some of us are sick and tired of freakin' soccer. So... why not beat the crap out of each other? I call this photo "OWND!!!!!!"
This photo reminds me of the one everyone here on A.net uses when someone gives a really good verbal smack down to another a.netter.