Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fixing the World One Nut at a Time

It was back to Prosperity on Sunday last. This is the sign some unit put up long ago over there, where we work on out vehicles, and where the maintenance support helps us. (They do most of the work, because we can't). I can't believe I hadn't photographed this until now. Hopefully the President will see it, now that "Stay the Course" has run its course.

Here's another one of those innumerable towers that dot the city-scape. I think Saddam used them to watch people, but I'm told most were tourist attractions. They're always found near these Palaces, in my experience.

SGT Kenner and SPC Tripp were helping out this day. Kenner's sporting the traditional "patrol cap," while Tripp's wearing the Aussie "Boonie hat" that I prefer. BOTH are authorized to wear, (thank God).

You'll actually hear people complain about the boonie hat, but it makes more sense in the Baghdad heat, (as the Aussies discovered in their desert). The US Army is "one-size-fits-all," and necessarily so - for an army to function. But I hope I don't have to explain to you the shortcomings of 2 million people thinking with one brain, (there are less than desirable manifestations of this at all levels across all functions of the Army, and we'll leave it at that). Most of the guys who've been in longer refuse to wear it, and berate the rest of us because who do we think we are? Those guys get sun-burn rings 270 degrees around their close-shaved scalps for their obstinance, and they say we "look silly."

8 comments:

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

LOL! I love the sign!

I think you're right about those being watchtowers.

And considering how much they have to protect themselves from skin cancer (which is a real problem in their country) I think the Aussie hat is best.

DNR said...

I always liked the boonie. Surplus store here has multiple sizes. Let me know what your size is and I'll send you one that fits.

Thanks again for our service and sacrifice.

eddie said...

i used to wear one of the old army cap from ft jackson,one of the guy on the driving range gave it to me for a bag of plums, it fell apart before i stopped wearing it, hope all are safe and be safe yourself..

Dirk_Star said...

Congratulations on being a recipient of a 2006 Eddie Award.

Craig D said...

Congrats on your EDDIE AWARD!

sarala said...

Dirk sent me. I think the hats are cool.
It takes a lot of initiative and guts to be blogging out in your neck of the woods. I hope you are able to keep it up. It is good for those of us sitting in our safe little homes to remember our soldiers.
I wish you all the best in your time in Iraq. Even those of us who do not support the war, do support our troops.
Have a happy and safe holiday season.

Dirk_Star said...

Merry Christmas!

I'll see you after the holiday.

Pepper said...

I like the hats. In fact I have one.