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Tornado Alley [Jun. 16th, 2011|10:06 pm]
Stephen
I learned this week I'm scheduled to deploy to Kuwait at the end of the year. It's supposed to be a 12 month deployment starting no later than December. I hope I'll ride a camel.

Right now there are major winds here at Sill. I'm slightly concerned about twisters.
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I'm 27 [Jun. 4th, 2011|08:30 am]
Stephen
Thank God for Facebook. I'd completely forgotten it's my birthday until I started getting those "Happy Birthday" messages.

I have completed my first week of Warrior Leadership Course (WLC). It's a 3 week class where you learn how to be a sergeant. We have lessons on leadership, ethics, drill & ceremony, conducting PRT, paperwork, and conducting missions in the field. It's a major step towards being promoted to a NonCommissioned Officer.

Most of June will be consumed with that. Once July rolls around I'm on leave for 3 weeks.

In other news I shot 38/40 at my last rifle qualification. That makes me an expert, and authorized me to add pretty new badge to my Class-As.
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If I won the lottery [May. 15th, 2011|09:02 pm]
Stephen
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]

I have a Hooters calendar. Bought it while in Augusta. One of the girls there got picked to be in it and she signed it for me. If I suddenly got a mountain of money I'd travel to all the Hooters in the calendar and try to get each of the girls to sign it for me.
Does that make me a skeeze?
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Grafenwohr 2011 [May. 11th, 2011|05:37 pm]
Stephen
[Current Mood |soresore]

I have returned from my multiweek training mission in Germany. It was fun, but I'm glad to be home....ugh...I just called Oklahoma 'home'.

Left Dallas on Apr 18, and flew overnight to Frankfurt to land on the 19th. We had the remainder of the week to acclimate and explore the post. Those first few days I don't think I was ever totally sober. Grew to really love Dunkel-Beer. It's hard not to get drunk in Germany. Beer is cheaper than both water and soda.

Once the new week rolled around it became boring shift work. Stuck with eating at the DFac or munching on MREs to save money. There was a single group trip to Rothenburg and Nurmburg. I took photos and posted them on Facebook.

Got back Sunday evening. We were allowed 2 days to recover from jetlag. Today was back to work. I think I broke my finger hammering spikes into the ground with a sledge. If it hurts in the morning I'll go to sick call.
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Damn Wind [Apr. 15th, 2011|09:42 pm]
Stephen
[Current Mood |soresore]

Today was a lovely day starting at 530 in the morning with 30mph winds and 60mph gusts whistling through my door. Had an 8 mile run through that. Good thing is we were released early.

Put in my leave request for block leave July 5-21. I'm definitely heading up to NY to go camping for a buddy's bachelor party. Ben chose campfires and smores over hot women in just lab coats. Who am I to argue with the groom.
Anyway, I'll be driving cross-country for most of July and haven't really decided on a route. Gonna visit random people.

Monday I leave for Germany until May. Don't know what my real-world access will be like. Hopefully I'll have non-embarrassing photos to share on Facebook or something.
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DADT [Apr. 7th, 2011|05:36 pm]
Stephen
[Current Mood |exhaustedresigned]

Since the president repealed Dont Ask, Don't Tell the military has been working on integrating the new order into the system. Military law has to be reviewed and rewritten, these changes must be taught down through the ranks so every soldier from general to private knows what they should be doing.

Today I had my first briefing on this subject from the commander. Probable future situations were brought up and discussed, questions were answered. One thing I was impressed at was the maturity at the meeting. Everytime I've seen or heard this subject brought up I've only experienced emotion and demagoguery from both sides. Today was an example of why I love the military. It was straight forward, reasonable consideration because the attitude is, "we've got our orders, now what difficulties do we predict happening, and how can we mitigate it."

Personally, all this discussion is the exact reason why I'm against the repeal. Our job is to break things and kill people. Unnecessary diversions that prevent us from training in that mission are dangerous. Now hours that could be spent on weapons training or first-aid or system maintenance will be taken up by the Do's and Don'ts of this new policy all in the name of fairness. This is the Army. There's no place for fairness when it doesn't yield any positive results, and this does not.

But, I'm a soldier, and I'll follow through with these orders.
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Popping Percocet [Mar. 22nd, 2011|03:00 pm]
Stephen
Refractive surgery is complete. The doctor recommenced PRK over LASIK, so that's what I got. Very easy process. Surgery only took a few minutes. Waiting for my turn took 4 hours.
Now I'm supposed to take my percocet and sleep. Funny enough, the last time I took serious pain releivers there was a group of hispanic laborers outside my window. They're baaaaaack.
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I don't get lost [Mar. 16th, 2011|08:32 pm]
Stephen
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]

I just got off an overnight landnav exercise. The company drove out to one of the many isolated areas on Ft Sill and set up camp. We spent the afternoon trudging through woods and scrambling over scree to find the points. Then we waited for dark to do the same on a lightless night.
That's the stuff I love doing in the Army. I'm not an eagle-eye with the M-16, I'm not a PT-stud, but when it comes to moving through nature, climbing rocks, and not getting lost I am in my element.

Anyway. It was fun.

Next week I head down to San Antonio for refractive eye surgery. Hopefully March will be the last month I need glasses.
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Wedding Duties Commence [Mar. 8th, 2011|07:49 pm]
Stephen
Ben Wolf, my college roommate is getting married October 15. I'm bestman. He sent me his request for the bachelor party. Unfortunately, no strippers in white scientist jackets. Instead Ben wants to go camping for a weekend up in the Adirondacks.
I've begun planning for this. I'm hunting for campsites where we can rent a cabin or RV for the weekend with enough room for 4 guys. The biggest issue is there are so many damn choices.
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Excitement shaded by disappointment [Feb. 25th, 2011|05:20 pm]
Stephen
[Current Mood |soresore]

I've been greatly anticipating an upcoming trip to Germany. From Apr.11 - May 15 I'll be in Grafenwohr, Germany for training. I'm excited. I've never been to that part of Europe, and everyone in 258 who went last year assured me I'll have a blast. Unfortunately both my sister's college graduation and E's wedding fall in that time slot. I really wanted to attend both.
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