Thanks for all the encouraging
posts the last few days especially.
Nicole , your comment about the
Drill Sergeant made me remember something that
happened 20 plus years ago.
I took a group of boys from my
church to an open house at a National Guard Armory near
where I lived.
We met a young soldier that day ,
who was in full " battle gear ".
The boys were enthralled.
He told us that he had been part
of a unit , that was nearest to deployment of any unit
in the United States. I think he said that for a year,
he would get up and dress as though he would be boarding
a helicopter at a moments notice. He had no idea when he
would go, but had to be in a continuous state of
He had camouflage paint on his
face, and as he spoke to us, he threw his rifle down
into the dirt, and then kicked dirt on it. Then he
picked it up, and immediately disassembled it and
cleaned it. He then just as quickly reassembled it, and
checked the action for rediness. He showed us his back
pack as well, and all his gear. It was
fascinating, especially for the boys. I could barely
drag them to the car when it was time to leave that day.
I took a picture that day, I hope
you can post it John.
All the boys are grown men now.
Waiting and watching