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Discussion: Wow.

in: Bridge; Bridge > 2018-06-14

Jun 19, 2018 4:29 AM # 
cmpbllv:
I can't tell you how awesome it is to see that statement in your log.
Like it's totally normal. Which to you, it is.

Wow!
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Jun 20, 2018 3:22 AM # 
Bridge:
Getting accustomed to being around the tanks is kind of like how cadets get used to helicopters landing on the Plain 24/7. The first couple times watching one roll by/riding in one/seeing them shoot targets on the range is the most exciting thing ever, and then it becomes pretty routine. Although I must admit the excitement has yet to wear off for me!
Jun 20, 2018 3:33 AM # 
cmpbllv:
I got to do all that as a cadet, too. They used to take us to Ft. Knox for a week to play with tanks and artillery. But I always knew I'd probably never ride in a tank again. Pretty much all of Buckner was "this is what the Army does, but you can't do it." Glad to see we've lifted most of the gender restrictions.

Although, I did get back in a tank as an LT. We did a "thunder run" show of force from Tuzla to Doboj when I was an A/S2 for an IN BN (attached from brigade, since I couldn't be assigned back then) in Bosnia. I often debriefed the tank CO from his missions, so when I asked my boss if I could see if he had a spare seat in a vehicle, the S2 was like "Whatever. Sure, go ahead." He was somewhat irritated that the CO let me go - the only staff rat that escaped the ops center that day. What was most interesting to me was that the Bosnians all noticed, too. I didn't think I was obviously female (hair up, ACH, flak vest...I used to get called "sir" a lot among the infantry bn I was attached to), but there was a lot of pointing and waving. It was a really amazing experience, in retrospect.

Those combat arms guys were all awesome. They shaped the way I viewed how things ought to work in the Army. Which sometimes caused me problems dealing with some of the intel types...sigh...

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