Re: Tac-lights and house guns
Stash, you talking about over on the other side of post from Fayetteville I guess. (Send me a grid...hee hee.) Funny you mentioned Southern Pines, cause I met my wife at Pinebluff. But naw, I'm pretty far from calling that home for until I don't know when. I got volunteered (yeah DA select) for Drill Sergeant school this summer, so I'm about to be calling GA or SC home for the next 2-3 years it looks like. Oh, the fun...
Armedandsafe, yeah twenty to one sounds about right for them guys. The only time I almost got the honor of serving with them on a "real-world mission" was because somebody (I think somewhere up the line we were under same command, but it was up the line enough to get a bad picture.) presumed they were in a bind. They were on the wrong side of a ground safety zone, or maybe right side since they went there on purpose, for what exactly I'll never know, and from were my unit was it looked like a hell of a mess. It was not a big element and the other guys at that time were allowed to own that buffer area, which they did in large volume.So we got authorized (ordered) to move in there with another element, which you can imagined was half-assed, with the intention of helping them get back on the right side; or maybe wrong side cause remember nobody asked them yet, so I won't say an extraction. Well we got pretty far along, far enough to get a commander possibly fired, and somebody who could actually hear or see what was going on, maybe a GSR team or those types, told us to the effect of "Go away, they got it no sweat, get back in your area of responsibility NOW." and we did. Luckily we were in an area vehicles could operate, not as verticle as other places, cause it would of been one ugly hump in and out for nothing. But those fellows all came out, on their own, when they were ready. Later on that ground safety zone was collapsed (excessive firepower applied swiftly over a narrow area) and we never had to deal with that crap again, but the lesson for me was: the Brit's had people who could cross the worst borders in the world on their own terms and come back, with everybody. Twenty to one ain't fair; bring more I say.
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