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  1. Somebody wanted to disprove the statement, "there's not such thing as a stupid question." In 2004 my National Guard unit receive activation orders for OIF 2. The company commander gave a quick briefing with what information he had and asked if anyone had any questions. One of the dozer operators (this was a mechanized combat engineer company) asked, "are we going to get live ammo?" Yes, we thought we'd be going to Iraq, and he asked if we were going to be issued live ammo. One of the reasons I was so tempted to ask to transfer to the infantry battalion but wanted to stay with my buddies t
  2. Two patches I picked up while stuck in Saudi. The Southpark and the 3rd Army/ARCENT as I was under them for force protection and we were allowed to wear that patch as a SSI-FWTS, before the Army said you can only wear your own unit's patch. There was as small shop on base that sold patches and the like.
  3. As shown, hair standards weren't very strictly enforced back then. In a "reserve capacity," just means not on active duty. The Reserves, and the National Guard are a Reserve of the US Army, so anyone not on active orders is in a reserve capacity. Normal drilling Reservists and Guardsman.
  4. I know this is old, but it seems to come up in various places. There is no current design for a 4th award. Only after 2001 did a 4th time period for the CIB exist. A person would have to have been in WW2, Korea, something from Vietnam until 10-Sep-2001 (you could have been in Vietnam, Lebanon, Panama, Grenada, Desert Storm, and Somalia and you would still only have a single CIB), and in the GWOT (Afghanistan, Iraq, possibly the Phillipines and Africa), to have 4 awards. I don't think there was anyone in their late 60s or early 70s even in the early invasion of Afghanistan, so there are no quad
  5. Parachute infantry have always been full of themselves. Getting into fights with glider infantry. Getting red in teh face when you remind them that air assault is a type of airborne, and that parachutes are not the only type of airborne... many modern ones forget their units started as glider and not as parachute delivered units. If you had room you'd have your CIB/CMB/EIB/EFMB/CAB over the wings, oval or not, and those over the ribbons. Once you've been in long enough though, you have too many rows of ribbons that they would push the badge too high, so the wings were moved to the pocket fl
  6. That might be the official history, but it might not be the complete detailed history. Some things are left out. Look up the 14th Engineer battalion. It doesn't show that B company was part of the WA National Guard until around 2005. Nor does it show that it was assigned as part of the 555th EN BDE. And about the 555th, that page only shows some information about the Headquarters and Headquarters company. The page doesn't show much about the 3rd Army, that it is also the Army Central Command, or that it's had multiple units attached for year (or less) rotations in Kuwait, Saudi,
  7. I forgot to mention, that making them look more human was the goal. Human shaped targets in training meant people were more used to being able to shoot at human shaped torsos in battle since you were already used to looking at that shape. You've heard that in WW@ (but it applied to WW1, Korea, and others) that only like 20% of soldiers actually fired their weapons? That number went much, much higher after the torso shaped silhouette was introduced.
  8. In the 90s, and I'm presuming much earlier, we used targets in the shape of Soviet soldiers. A lot like these, but plastic, darker green (same as the standard E type, some were a little lighter but not this light), and holding an AK74. They were almost certainly made years before and were not being made since the wall fell, but why not just use them up We had these at Ft. Campbell until I left there in 1995, and wherever the MD ARNG was getting targets was still using them into the late 90s. I think we used them in OSUT at Benning, but not on the qualification range, just the training rang
  9. It looks like it might just be a waterproof outlet. I'd assume for exterior use. http://connectorselectrical.emilspec.com/MIL-DTL-2726-47/index.html
  10. A couple drops of a flammable liquid on the wick will allow it to burn long enough to light a cigarette. Zippo fluid, and others are mostly a light petroleum distillate and 30% naptha. https://certification.zippo.com/Documents/Safety Data Sheet/English/Zippo Lighter Fluid - North America.pdf Most white gas, often used in lanterns and cook stoves, is a type of naptha. I'm sure people used everything from mogas or avgas to lantern gas.
  11. I know there were some still in inventory and in use then, not many but a few. But to be made in 1995 seems more than a bit odd and unlikely. Why keep making something that long after the replacement has been in production and being issued?
  12. The worn ones are the first pair, the date inside looks like made in 1997. I was issued them in 2004. The new pair don't have a date, but maybe someone can decipher the code.Padded Vibram sole. Don't use the darker color as they are pretty much new while the other pair are very worn and were bleached by the sun and sand. Plus a couple washings. I also put in a picture of the "Infantry Boot, Type 2." The Gore-Tex lined, but uninsulated, rough out tan version of the boot that the USMC has been using for a few years, and that the Army adopted just a couple years before replacing all black b
  13. I was just looking it up when I noticed your post. Foam seems to be a fairly broad term and some types will feel different. I was also just playing with a set of newer pads I have and I might have a bit of a faulty memory. When they weren't extremely hot they did seem like a memory foam. It was in the extreme heat that they reminded me more of a gel. Bulging might have been a bit of an exaggeration, but the fabric wrapping the foam seemed to be full, and all sides slightly rounded out. Kind of like a full air mattress. So slight bulging might have been a better term.
  14. The ACH I was issued in like Dec 2004 was the darker green with black pads. These were when they were still new in the box and even included the manual... I don't remember which it was though. The pads didn't feel like foam, and would harden when cold, and in high heat seemed to expand to the point of bulging. They felt like a gel insole to me.
  15. A shortened brim is also more practical in some areas. Enough to keep most of the sun off your face and neck, but not so big it blocks your vision.
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