By Todd S. Brown
This gripping magazine of a firm commander from 2003 to early 2004 in one of the most risky parts of post-Hussein Iraq discusses strategies, strategies, and methods as they advanced within the fight to keep up order and rebuild the rustic. The magazine tells of the dichotomy of wrestle operations as opposed to kingdom development. It vividly captures the stresses of strive against and corresponding feelings as they acquire through the years in a wrestle outfit. It reinforces the perfect of camaraderie between infantrymen and offers with the emotional effect of wasting neighbors in conflict. knowing those may possibly turn out beneficial to those that courageously serve our country and may proceed to suffer them during this and destiny conflicts.
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There are lots of random adventures going on. I think that 1-12 IN is going to move out of here to the pharmaceutical plant up the street. Should be better—it certainly is bigger. The Civil Affairs teams are going to the hospital tomorrow. They went to the radio station and found it inoperable but manned. This place is shady. We are supposed to launch on a “chicken farm” outside Ad Dawr twentyfour hours from now. This is supposedly something pretty important—a twobattalion operation. Tanks isolate, and infantry clears.
That is even better. The guys have figured out how the DVD works on the computer. They watch Band of Brothers nightly. I think everyone strives to have similar blood-brother bonding experiences. It is part of human nature. The more miserable the experience, the greater the bonds we witness. Fortunately, we have the misery without the associated carnage. J our na l of a C o m pa n y C o m m a n der 43 I think that we get better incrementally each day. Things seem easier out here; I guess it stems from the knowledge and skills gained through repetition and sheer boredom.
1 May: CSM Johnson told us last night that we could do PT, so I went for my first run in a long time. Running around the compound, I thought I had asthma. I was sucking. Yesterday was pretty boring. Just BSed, took a shower, and read some of Gulliver’s Travels. We are set here right now for an indefinite amount of time. If the Iraqis did not have that Saddam rally, we would have moved out of the AO. Our enemy is cunning but not smart. He needs to just lay low until we move on and then resurface—follow the principles of guerrilla warfare.