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Remember When “We Own The Night” Ended With a ?

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I got to my first unit in July of ’88, 4th Battalion 27th Infantry “Wolfhounds.”  I spent four years humping sleestack-ridden gulches in the dark of night with nothing but a set of cat-eyes from the man in front of me to guide on.  By the time I left in ’92 the phrase “We own the night” was normally uttered while being helped back to your feet after a particularly heinous slip, trip or fall.  Often involving multiple Soldiers.

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Golfers and Aviators

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I hope y’all enjoyed Easter.  I apologize for the dearth of tales over the holiday.  Of course y’all could have jumped in and helped me out…

I saw in the news that the Masters golf thing is coming up.  They played a PGA Tournament in Southern Pines NC in the late ’90s.  I was with the 325th AIR then, we were doing a major training exercise.  I’d been working with the powers that be for months to get this planned and ...

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Turning Blue

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I was “On The Trail” from ’94 through ’96.  It was rewarding and challenging, two years was as much as I could bear.  It wears on you, the rewards don’t balance against the challenges.  But they do say that every so often the sun shines, even on a black dog’s ass.

We were training Infantrymen in Charlie, 1/38 Infantry, that was our job, our job included a bit of “weeding out the non-hackers” as R Lee Ermey so aptly put it.  ...

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Doo Doo’s Demise

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I mentioned “Doo Doo” Brown yesterday.  I got his measure the day after I reported.  One of the squads was going to the Bn Aid Station for training, I tagged along and got the tour on the way.  By the time we’d walked the whole half a block to the aid station, Private “Doo Doo” Brown was on my last nerve.  With both feet.  Part of the Ness Impersonator’s skit was when I told Doo Doo, “Shut your pie hole ...

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Skit Nite

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I came off the trail and PCS’d to The Division at Ft Bragg.  Did the usual inprocessing thing and found myself in 1/325th Airborne Infantry Regiment.  The platoon was out on taskings, I met the platoon leader who informed me that the platoon sergeant was on leave so I’d fill in for him a few days til he got back and he’d figure out which line company I’d go to.  While looking around the CP I saw some platoon photographs.  While ...

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The Scuffin’ Test

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I was “on the trail” in the mid-nineties.  Rewarding as hell, I learned alot about how to be an NCO and how to be an asshole, but I repeat myself.  Long hours, often boring as all hell,too often the Drill Sergeant sits around while cadre teaches Joe.  Y’all know nothin’ good comes from a bored Drill Sergeant.

Charlie 1/38th Infantry was on a Post Support day tomorrow.  No training, all our soldiers were tasked out to assist with the menial grunt ...

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Gunga Din

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When my platoon moved into our hootch on what would become FOB Volturno another unit had been there previously.  I’m not sure who it was but we knew that the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment had operated in and around Fallujah a couple months earlier.  They’d left some graffiti on the walls.  Most graffiti on the walls of the 55 gallon drum latrines was pissing and moaning about how long the author had been in country and how much he wanted ...

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The Sow and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge

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Expert Infantryman’s Badge testing comes once a year for young Infantrymen.  For those of you outside the Infantry its the large silver flintlock against a blue background worn above everything else on the left side of the uniform.  There’s even a subdued version so everyone you meet can tell at a glance that you are not a POG.  As privates in the peacetime Infantry 99% of our NCOs had one, usually perched way up high above an Air Assault Badge ...

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The Sergeant Major’s Beer Tent

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My first unit was in the 25th Infantry Division (Light), 4th Bn 27th Infantry at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  This was the peace-time army, late eighties-early nineties.  We trained hard and we played hard, hell I was a young man.  Working hard and playing hard we’re showcased twice a year with an off-island deployment.  For our unit it was a time to shine, that meant they would work the snot out of us, we saw it as a challenge.  Like the ...

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