Puttin’ In Work

This blog has been drying up lately but it hasn’t been forgotten about.  A recent trip to my native lands and a little reconnecting with long lost friends resulted in the reminder that people actually do read my garbage and came with the heartfelt request for me to get back on the horse and cotinue to write.  A request I feel obligated to attempt to fulfill.  

In truth, I’ve been putting in work lately.  I’ll give a more thorough post later in regards to “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”, but for now it’ll be left with mere foreshadowing.  A precursor to the writing I’ve promised to do.  The ember in the pile of ash that will return a phoenix to the skies.

My discontent with my job and my roll has left me devoid of valuable training material to post as of late, but that’s no excuse.  I’ve disregarded the fact that my knowledge base, in many cases, exceeds the average reader when it comes to tactics, training, and theory.  But as it seems commonplace to me, it will still be new information to many of you. 

My disgust in the current national climate  (polticial, social, and weather as well) has left me throwing jabs sparringly on social media.  Ineffective as they are as I can throw more of an unanswered literary haymaker through this blog.  It leaves me wondering how I fell into putting out fires as they pop up with a bucket as opposed to blasting the entire area with a firehose.  As I mentioned, I am fiercely disgusted with what has been occurring lately and there is more than enough material to cover a fully comprehensive article (with pictures!) to address it all.  Apparently, as I’ve been praised by many, even having my words thrown into the typical electronic cat-fight has made a difference in how certain people are left feeling about the matters.  “On behalf of my husband who is out pulling a 16 hour shift as a state trooper, thank you for sticking up for officers”.  That came from a woman who I don’t even know.  And she wasn’t the only one.  So clearly, in ushering that type of response I must be out here doing something right.  Now to just do it for many many more.  

So I vow to break the writing damn and return to punching these keys in the name of what is just and to write the right.  Too many people have been worn down by the fight and want to tap out, but it is time to stand true and shown the world that we’re not just a bunch of savages ready to implode.  To be their example again.  To be the power.  To direct the fury we are all feeling.  To stop allowing raw emotion to blast outward uncontrolled, so that we may fix the problems, instead of doing more damage.  It is a time for wits to be about us so we may ensure the whole good of this country and bring it back to the nation of the successful, of the exceptional, of greatness.  

Suunto M3 Compass – A Review

Having recently graduated the Army Mountain Warfare School’s Basic Mountaineering course I was introduced to a newer, and, in my opinion, more effective type of compass.  Being fairly proficient at land nav already, I found it even simpler after having been shown how to use the Suunto M3 compass.
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A pretty simple device that nearly eliminates the use of a protractor by combining measuring and azimuth features together into one package, the M3 has some amazing additions that help to eliminate the error produced by converting grid to magnetic when navigating.  Anyone who has ever been out trying to get a resection knows, that can quickly run them afoul and lead them a good distance off course.  wp-1467067110082.jpeg
As you can see from this picture the lanyard comes with a key attached.  The key is for the purpose of spinning the inner bezel and being able to set it to the natural declination of the area in which you are operating.  As you can see in the above picture the red “shed” arrow is pointing straight in line with the direction of the compass.  For the purpose of this post we will be using a map of the Fort Richardson / Anchorage area as seen below.

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And as such, the declination of this particular area is 25.1 degrees as you can see here.
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Now typically, as you can see, you have to ensure you are doing the proper conversion from grid to magnetic or magnetic to grid appropriately.  However, you eliminate doing so by pre-setting your M3’s declination.  Your magnetic azimuth will always be set to match your grid azimuth.

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To easily set the declination you place the center of the compass over the cross section of the declination chart; aligning North on the compass with GN (grid north) on the map.  From there you turn the inner bezel with the key (NOTE: it doesn’t unlock the ring to rotate as I initially thought, but rather actually turns it like a gear) until the red “shed” is aligned with the magnetic north as shown above.  It can be a very deliberate process to get it set properly, but using a very fine touch will get you on target.  From here, like any other land nav, you mark your points on the map.  This, while possible to do with the compass itself, is the one time you may actually want to use a protractor.  If you have known points like these, Wolverine Peak, and Little O’Malley Peak, you won’t even need to use the protractor at all.  However if you are going from a known grid it could take a little more individual practice to line up the measure to get your grid right.  Forewarning, count your hash marks before assuming you’re right.

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As you can see I also took the liberty to mark the elevation of the points too.  I will touch on this more at the end, but when operating in mountainous terrain, the elevation can take some of the guess work out; resection can be 3D, not just two 2D points.

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Once you have your points marked use the edge of the compass to line up your points with the red triangle seen at the bottom pointing in the direction of travel.  If you found you went the opposite way and had your red triangle pointing to your start point, no worries, you can just use your back azimuth (use the black arrow to navigate) instead without needing to readjust.  Once you have oriented your compass to the direction of travel, you will then need to turn your outer bezel and align the red grid lines inside to the grid lines on your map.  In the above picture they are aligned in relation to the photograph; below the photo is off center to show the importance of getting the right perspective to the compass in lining up the compass grid with the map grid.
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Once you have aligned the grids, all you have to do to travel in the direction of your next point is to point the red triangle in front of you and turn until you place the red arrow “Fred” into the red “shed”.  Keep Fred in the Shed and just walk.  Simple stuff.

As I mentioned earlier, using a 3D resection to determine your exact position comes in pretty handy.  To do this, however, you will need an altimeter.  Altimeters measure air pressure to determine the elevation you are at.  They come in analog and digital, both of which I’ve used and both can prove to be highly accurate.  Keep in mind though as you use these over time, the change in weather patterns can have an effect on them.  That being said, verify your elevation every time you reach a known point in case a low or high pressure system has moved in over time.  For the Basic Mountaineer course we were provided Suunto watches which had an altimeter function.  I came with my own G-Shock Rangeman and was able to compare the two during the course.

 

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Shown here is my G-Shock Rangeman, which ultimately I preferred.  I found that through the course the Suunto was more likely to be off by up to 10 meters in elevation.  The Rangeman was usually no more than 2 meters off, which could easily be attributed to changing weather patterns.  The Rangeman was also a lot more user friendly and easy to navigate through options like changing from feet to meters (which its important to note what measurement your map uses before hand; 1300 ft and 1300 m is a big difference when you go scaling up the side of a mountain).

Some other additional features of the M3 which I didn’t get to discuss yet are that it as a luminescent dial.  Which, while not tritium, is still handy for traveling during low light.  It has measurements for each grid size for maps, as well as standard and metric (make sure you’re looking at the right one, I initially started measuring in miles instead of meters myself).  The compass also comes with an embedded magnifying bubble.  I think that’s pretty self explanatory, as I’m sure if you’ve spent 5 minutes looking at a map, you’ve looked at something on there and said to yourself, “what the hell is that?”

Ultimately, using either or these devices discussed independently or in conjunction can make navigating a relatively simple feet.  I was able to complete all 5 points with a walking distance of 13 kilometers through mountains with time to stop and have a snack.  It wasn’t the star course by any means, but accurately finding your points can make the difference of strolling or running on a course, and being alive or dead in a real world scenario where someone wants to kill you.  You can practice marksmanship and tactics all day, but if you don’t know how to get to where the enemy is you certainly won’t be able to shoot them.

Food for thought.

 

 

 

 

Weaponsman On LandNav Parts 1, 2, And 3

I had actually planned to do an article on the silva / suunto compass mentioned in the article, but I haven’t had a chance to sit down with it yet. Paired with an altimeter, it is one of the most effective tools I’ve ever had for land nav and after learning how to properly use it I immediately bought one and threw my lensatics in my junk drawer.
Good read here either way, and a good chance to refresh a few pointers on land nav if you haven’t done it in a while.

Mason Dixon Tactical

LandNav Post.jpg “Old School” Civil War era lensatic compass. Modern GI lensatic compass with tritium illumination.

So there I was, in the middle of a swamp I knew  I wasn’t supposed to be in, smack dab in the middle of Ft Stewart . How did I get there? The short story is that while practicing BD-1A, I received the mission, and while that info was being given to me, I asked for the briefer to show me what intersection on my map we were located at (Ft Stewart is somewhat on the flat side, so locating your position based on terrain differences is somewhat difficult in certain areas there), because we had just been dropped off there. Upon being shown the location, I figured out the grid, and was ready to start planning.

As luck would have it, the cherry LT giving the brief showed me an intersection that was approximately 350…

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The Comfort of Capitalism: A Perspective From A Soldier

There has been much praise of socialism, type democratic lately.  I would try to say its the young millenials which has raised this concept to olympic heights, but honestly, its just as much of a thing with my generation, and even those before us.  There seems to be no end to people who wish to change our economic structure to that of socialism, type democratic.  I’m willing to guess that these people, in all of their life experience have never had to live their lives dictated by a government entity, otherwise they would sing a different tune.  The freedoms they enjoy under a free market, capitalist society have, apparently, been forgotten in the wake of the promise of more money per hour of work, free healthcare, and free college.  I’ll forego the concept of “No Free Lunch” in this post; its not my focus.  What I intend to discuss is how under socialism, type democratic, which so many people are willing to sell themselves to without a bit of understanding the effects, will change many of your modern concepts of choice and freedom.  As well, I will discuss how, as an American, it should be your nature to resist such a concept as socialism, type democratic.

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Let me start by offering perspective on socialism in general.  Simply defined by Merriam-Webster socialism is “a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies”.  So lets talk on this real quick.  Government will control companies.  Government.  The same people who run things like the United States Department of Veterans Affairs where people die waiting for medical appointments and there have been on-going problems for the last 8 years,
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the Environmental Protection Agency which polluted the Colorado River,
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the Secret Service which is just stellar,
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and the Bureau of Land Management which has been using imminent domain to remove people from their land.  Each one of these organizations has been a black eye for the government as of late for their own reasons that I outlined, but these are all well oiled machines the government runs; clearly they work effectively.

Let’s delve even further into this.  What people don’t get to see in their personal lives are the corners the government will cut to save cents instead of getting the effective product.  I’ll attempt to illustrate it for you.  We have these things called field rations.  Formerly, we were supposed to get them in the field for all three meals with the exception of when we were too busy to take a minute to stop and eat.  Since these good ol’ days, the government has decided that, even when available, soldiers will only get two hot meals, max.  Your lunch will at least be an MRE, even if you’re sitting your ass right next to the chow tent all day, all just so they can shave a few bucks off the top.  Doesn’t sound like much, yeah, sure there’s still food in prepackaged, dehydrated, cook it yo damn self form food.  When you actually do work in the field for a living, you’re likely (from first hand experience) going to wind up getting two total hot meals in an 18 day period.  Not too bad I suppose, you know, at least you’re getting good food, right?  HA!  Eat MRE’s for 3 meals a day for 18 days and let me know how you like em!  You’ll shit bricks.

Which brings me to my next point – food quality and selection.  You virtually get no say in what you are eating.  When it comes to field rats, you get the choice of whether you want an item on your tray or not.  That’s about all the selection you get.  There’s a meat, a vegetable, and a starch, and then usually some bread and maybe a dessert.  All quantities are limited.  You get your scoop, you move the fuck on.  That’s it.  That’s free lunch under the government.  You don’t get to say shit like, “I’m not feeling BBQ beef tips for the 3rd time this week, I’ll have some chicken instead”.  Nope, you get your daily dose of chewy, fatty beef tip or you get no meat.  That is government logistics.  They still offered you a hot meal, you just declined to eat it.  Its now your problem, not theirs.  Your personal freedom of selection is limited to the option that is given to you, unlike in a free market, you can choose what you want to eat for lunch with a plethora of options available to you from pizza to filet mignon.

As I mentioned, as a soldier, you will eat MRE’s.  Its unavoidable.  Generally with MRE’s its first come first serve and you get what you pick up. Its a game of russian roulette to see who ends up with the vegetable lasagna or the cheese omelet.  Let me assure you, those sound better on paper than they taste in your mouth.  This keeps everything equal so that no one person monopolizes getting the better meals each time.  You get what you get in your package of food and have no real say in what is handed to you… except here’s the catch, you can barter the entire meal, or at least parts of it once its been handed to you.  That barter can be dictated by supply and demand for certain items (jalapeno cheese) which are peoples’ favorites. But wait a sec, bartering?  Unregulated trade?  That’s….THAT’S CAPITALISM!  Amazing how in the end the capitalist system breaks through a socialist design.
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Another element of the socialist, type democratic design that you’ll get to endure would be issues involving toilet paper.  I suppose I should say, the lack there of, actually.  If you caught any of my rants before, you might have ran across my one where I went on about people thinking the military and DOD budget should be lessened.  If you didn’t catch it by chance, then allow me to back brief you a little.  When civilians decide that the military’s budget should be cut, you aren’t voting to cut ridiculously expensive and wasteful programs like the F(ailure)-35, that won’t even be combat ready until (last estimate I saw) 2022.  In fact, those programs will stay in place regardless of how you vote.  What does get cut are programs that help soldiers and their families to adjust and move when they get orders to somewhere else.  What does get cut is money for repairs on the equipment we already have – like the ramp of the stryker I have that hasn’t been able to raise or lower the entire time I’ve been here.  What does get cut are supplies that we need for our office work that is necessary to keep everything operational; which also includes stuff like printer ink, paper for the printer, and toilet paper for people to actually be able to take a shit at work.

Toilet paper might not seem like much of an issue, in fact, I would wager that there are some of you who might not have a job that actually provides it in its restrooms; though I’m going to guess those numbers are low.  What I’m getting at by discussing toilet paper, is that while a socialist system of government may seem appealing to someone, somewhere, when you are needing to take a shit and relying on the government to budget and regulate what items are considered necessary, don’t be surprised when you get single ply, barely there, ass-wipery, if you get that at all.  You know, since the government doesn’t even hardly provide that for its own employees, and what you do get is hardly Charmin.  Think more along the lines of wiping with a brown paper towel (we don’t get those either, by the way) that your finger will punch through at the slightest point of pressure.  Walking away with a piece still wedged between your cheeks in hopes that it will stop the bleeding that has resulted from the course grit sandpaper you just had to use which takes a layer of skin away each wipe.  Speaking of all of this, I need to bring another roll from home tomorrow while I’m thinking about it.
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Still not decided that government regulating things is a bad idea?  Lets discuss living quarters that are provided by the government.  The barracks.  Oh boy, the barracks.  They are either so ancient that they are still lined with lead paint and asbestos (try and say otherwise because they just had to re-do the pipes in our office, which hosted occupied barracks rooms as well, because they were found to be lined with asbestos) or they are new and so hastily built that it falls apart all the time.  Prime example, the barracks my soldiers live in now, the stairs collapsed under a guy last year.  These barracks were finished being built in 2013.  The water heater for the entire building (which houses close to 300 people) went out for a week before it was replaced.  And that’s not just a localized problem either.  Issues like this and worse happen across the entire military.

Barracks aren’t the only victim to such substandard work either.  The on post housing, where families live are typically not much better.  One needs only to look up Camp Lejeune water toxicity from the 50’s to the 80’s.  Everyone is all pissy about Flint, Michigan?  That’s standard practice when it comes to military bases.  One company, the lowest bidder, will provide services.  Water aside, the housing itself is as often as possible duplex style homes and in some cases quadraplex style homes – crammed as tightly in together as possible to maximize the efficiency of the buildings and space, while costing you much more than you would pay out in town for the same thing.  You want to live on post?  You want to live closer to your work so you don’t have to commute?  Well, you get two viewings of houses available.  Don’t like either one of those?  They don’t fit your lifestyle?  Too bad.  You get this one, or that one, and that’s it.  And that’s when you get to the point that there is housing available.  Often wait lists are 3 or more months out.  Good luck finding somewhere to live in the meantime.
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And of course we have the ever-sounding cry of socialism, type democratic – paid school!  Boy, oh boy, will that ever not be what you want it to be!  You can look at this two ways.  In the form of military training schools, you will get limited funds to be applied to this budget.  No, civilians, not everyone can just miraculously get whatever training they would like to try their hand at in the military.  For anyone who isn’t special forces or special operations, getting a school is about 75% dumb luck and 25% incessant pestering after about 10 times of being denied, and then some more luck.  If it is something you personally deem as a sexy school, you’re probably going to get denied.  If it is something that sounds completely worthless and fun-sucking like bus driver, or ammo handler, then you’ll probably get to go to that.
The other type of schooling that you can expect under socialism, type democratic is what we get in the military called tuition assistance.  You can literally put the given money towards whatever courses you want… not really.  It has to fit certain criteria like being local, being nationally accredited (sorry Devry and Phoenix), having a track record of supporting the military, and other factors that are on a whim of what ever counselor you talk to at the time.  Oh, and did I mention you have to be working full time and then you get to do your classes on your own time.  Good luck fitting in any sort of life with that.  And if you happen to fail any of these classes for any reason that “free” money you got has to be paid back out of pocket.  No pressure or anything.  But if you keep up the good work, you’ll be able to chip away enough credits to get a degree in about 10-15 years, as you work and pay in to the same fund that pays for your own college any ways the whole time.
Why is that?  Why would it be like this under socialism, type democratic?  It sounds like such a perfect system to just be given repurposed tax money and to go to school.  Well the government likes to use you for what IT needs, not what you would enjoy.  It wants people to be useful.  Let’s analyze that.  Do you really think that liberal arts degree is that useful?  What is the practicality of gender studies?  More than likely the schooling that the government will want their money going towards is something along the lines of business management, medical (though as little as is sufficient to be useful), and criminal justice / law enforcement.  Practicality.  Simple practicality.  That is what you will get under socialist education.  Jobs that will lead back to contributing to the greater good.  And that’s if you are lucky.  More practical blue collar technical certifications are going to be what gets pushed, especially since that’s what they push already for soldiers departing from the service during their transition.  Hope you enjoy welding, or pipe fitting, or ditch digging.  That’s likely your future education under socialism.

But what about “free” healthcare?!  I still pay a monthly stippend kiddos; it ain’t free.  As for my family, they are taken care of medically, but when it comes to things such as glasses and dental, well, they’re pretty much shit out of luck.  Generally, our healthcare is at best considered “sufficient”.  We are provided for, but that doesn’t mean its great.  I say that knowing a few people in the military medical profession, and while I have confidence in their abilities, that doesn’t mean that this applies to every single medical person the military employs.  You are likely going to be seen by the lowest level of care you can possibly be handled with.  In many cases its going to be so minimal that you’re likely going to have to go back for the same problem about 3-4 times before they take it seriously.  And then, its just as easy to remove you from service as opposed to continue to care for you, because ultimately, what use are you if you are too injured to do your job?  You’re dead weight and excused as efficiently as possible with as little compensation as possible.  And if mentioning the VA and their healthcare debacles earlier didn’t clue you in on how the systems are ran when the government runs it, well, then you’re not paying much attention.

So before you want to preach to me all of the awesome constructs and great benefits I can expect from socialism, type democratic, please know that I’ve had over 10 years of living and working with socialist constructs, and to tell you the truth, I’m not impressed.  I don’t think most of you asking for it will be either.

 

 

 

 

 

Your Grass

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For those of you who follow the old adage of “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side”, I present to you some insight for consideration.

Green grass takes tending.  It takes care.  The best yards that you see in your neighborhood are the ones where the people who live there take pride in ensuring the grass which they lay claim to is the most pristine.  You have to take care of your grass.  You have to put in the hard work.  You have to want your grass to be first-rate.

When you find yourself in the midst of a yard that is brown, dead, and bereft of life most people tend to want to gaze longingly at the surrounding yards with their luscious green grass and manicured landscape and wish to be the owners of such a beautiful sight.  What they fail to acknowledge as they peer lustfully across the fence is that it took a lot of hard work and dedication to make such an amazing and desirable scene.  They assume that simply moving to an area with such a yard will be enough, and while they may have an alluring lawn for their first season, over time and without maintenance their lot will slip into decay once more.

I propose to you that if you find yourself envious of the greener grass you should stop and introspect upon the matter.  Is your grass sub-par because you spent your time gandering when you should have been gardening?

A Most Unfortunate Tale

Gather round youngens, and permit me to weave you a tale of misery, pain, suffering and torture which will bring you to tears of amazement and disgust.

So this soldier joins the Army and is married with a kid. Life gets rough and eventually the wife splits and takes custody of the kid. Over the course of a very brutal divorce, the soldier fights for custody of the child and has everything lined up with his lawyers to get partial custody back. His soon to be X had given him the date to show up for the custody battle in court. Apparently, she told him a day that was two days after the actual court date, thus making him lose custody, yet again. Through out this time, both of them are seeing other people and the day the divorce is finalized, he marries his girlfriend. They aren’t together very long before he gets sent to NTC for a month. For those of you not aware, for two weeks you have your cell phone taken and can not have access to it. When this soldier finally gets his phone back and turns it on, he has approximately 40 video messages of his new wife getting banged out by 1…2…3… 4 guys at a time, and participating in an orgy. Of course, the guys looses his shit and starts drinking heavily when he gets back from NTC. He goes to the apartment to retrieve some of his belongings because he has now been put in a barracks room for his own personal well-being. His squad leader drives separate and arrives to the apartment building before the soldier. He starts heading up the stairs before the soldier pulls up and notices a couple screwing in the stairwell, and thinks to himself, “what kind of shitty place does this kid live in?” The soldier then arrives and sees the couple and starts honking and screaming – the woman is his wife. She flees the area hastily and the guy is left distraught. He goes up to his apartment to get his stuff none-the-less.
Oh, did I mention they had a dog? Yeah, well, the wife left the dog in the apartment the entire time the soldier was at NTC and just dumped two bags of dog food on the floor and filled a bunch of pots with water. The dog ate all of the food and shat… everywhere. So the soldier starts trying to clean up the apartment and in the process finds that the wife had taken all of her stuff, that is except for the bed, which she actually personally owned. Odd as it is, the soldier began trying to clean that up. The sheet was plastered to the bed and stiff. The next resort became just dragging the entire mattress out. Upon removing it from the bed frame, it was found that during the course of her escapades, the wife had kept the used condoms under the mattress like some fucked up stamp collection. They lost count of the amount.
So this guy’s life has gone to shit. He has begun drinking hardcore, like any reasonable person would. This causes him to be late to work a few times and while the squad leader understands the guy’s personal situation, his LT is less compassionate and smells alcohol on him during duty hours, so he sends him to the MP station to be breathalyzed. Four hours later the squad leader finally gets the soldier to the MP station, hoping he had sobered up by then, and the kid still blows a .04. While that is just shy of being intoxicated on duty, the soldier is still command referred to ASAP over it. So now, his personal and professional life has gone to shit…
The wife continued to communicate with him during all of this. At some point she began to discuss getting back together with him. Despite the situation, being an optimist, the soldier agreed to meet with her for coffee so they could talk. She still has a boyfriend at this time and the soldier is aware of it. With no other means of transportation, the wife was expected to be driving the boyfriend’s truck to come meet the soldier. She had told him she was running late and to go ahead and have her order ready. Excited for the possibility of saving his marriage, and with coffee in hand the soldier eagerly approached the drivers side of the truck when it pulled in to the parking lot. The window rolled down and it was the boyfriend… getting his dick sucked by the wife. He snatched the coffee from the stunned soldier, said “thanks for the coffee, fucker!” and floored it out of the parking lot.
Now, while enrolled in ASAP, you aren’t suppose to partake in any substances, to include alcohol. That just wnet out the window for the soldier and he begins going to bars and getting shithoused. He plays it smart for the most part and keeps under the radar about it. That is until the wife begins texting him yet again. While at the bar, the wife texts him and tells him to come outside to talk. Drunkenly he makes his way out to meet her and walks right into a baseball bat knocking out his front teeth. She had set him up. Her boyfriend and his friends jump the soldier, beat the shit out of him and then run his foot over with the truck on the way out, shattering it in 13 places. On top of that, during his hospital visit they do a toxicology screening and it shows him as having a 2.6 BAC. The toxicology report is then given to the unit and he has now become and ASAP failure and will be kicked out of the army. The guy accepts his lot in life, refuses to do anything about the situation and carries on despite the bleak circumstances. The army conducts a line of duty investigation for his foot and finds that they will not cover the surgery to repair it, since it wasn’t the military’s fault. String are pulled and he gets hooked up somehow and the Army finally conducts the surgery for him! If you think something is going right for this guy, well, you’re probably more optimistic than he is. They fuck his surgery all up. He has a pin placed in his foot to hold the bones in place. This pin is supposed to be changed out later on so they don’t close the hole, but they planned to put a plastic plug on it to keep out infection. They fail to plug it. His foot is placed in a cast. The hole is supposed to be checked every 2-3 days by the doctor. They write the order wrong and it says to come back in four weeks. Four weeks later, this kid comes back and they realize they fucked up. They cut off the cast and the pin falls on the floor. His bones in his foot have wrapped over each other in the absence of the pin and since the plug wasn’t there, all of the sweat and grime inside the cast made it into the hole, infecting his bones and blood. He could have died if he had waited any longer.
Since they botched his surgery so badly, the army in all of its grace decides that they will medically separate this poor guy, which gets him paid for life. After a little bit of recovery time, the guy is back on his feet as best as you would expect. He had wrestled in high school and enjoyed it. It gave him an activity to immerse himself in to keep his mind preoccupied. Excited for having something to keep himself occupied he began talking to his squad leader about how he was getting back to his old stature with wrestling and doing well at it and even showed him videos of him wrestling… all within earshot of his company commander. Clearly, able-bodied enough to wrestle after the botched surgery, the commander pulled his medical separation packet and resumed the chapter for his ASAP failure instead.
If all of that wasn’t bad enough, thanks to all of this fuckery that has occurred in his life, the relationship he had with his son deteriorated so badly that now his son doesn’t want anything to do with him as well.

This soldier made his own mistakes along the way. He has things that are clearly his own fault, but for fuck’s sake, no one should have to endure that kind of bullshit in their life in the span of about a year. Sympathies for this poor bastard. I’m sure like many of you reading this now, your answer would be something similar to mine, in that I would have taken care of the main problem immediately, if not at least after the coffee shop incident. Good luck to this man in his future endeavors and I hope that the worst of his life is behind him, because fuck, I can’t imagine how much more he could take.

Stay hidden; stay safe.

O’Ryan Sends: Operational Considerations Regarding The Malheuer Event

Just a friendly PSA on how technology isn’t always your friend.

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The event took place on federal property, where any person, package or vehicle may be searched with only Reasonable Suspicion, a much lower legal threshold than Probable Cause. By search, this should mean physical and electronic and that investigations here are predicated on Reasonable Suspicion. Consider this in association with, that this occupation was, by law, illegal and all manner of investigative and law enforcement methods may be put into place.

It is likely that the FEDGOV employed IMSI capturing technology, like Stingray, to collect account numbers (AKA “telephone numbers” the IMSI, MSIN) and all calls made by the occupiers were toll chained, the calling network mapped out and at least some biographic intelligence was developed on each of the nodes of that calling network (the communicants). Biographic intelligence is conveniently available to law enforcement, especially federal law enforcement from Lexus-Nexus, drivers licenses, National Motor Vehicle Title Information System and…

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