Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ORIO, Dec 31, 2013.
no idea whats going on here, but it looks awesome.
Here's a picture of my friends and I when we went to watch Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 04, 2014.
I'm the tall guy on the right that's wearing glasses and black shorts.
Hey Mary Jane Watson
That's where I saw that chick before.
You remind me of Eomer. You just need a horse tail helmet and a sword ha
Holy shit KA, almost 11 years and still can't find the multiquote button.
MetalicGrunt, you're a fucking badass.
G, I agree with Hal, the red looks hawt.
Thanks everyone! FYI- I'm not in the Army any longer, though I'm just as dangerous - a Legal Prof for the Govt, lol.
As far as the ACU's - I got them from PEO Soldier in December 2005 and for some reason I want to say that I was allowed to wear them at SDM school i but had to take them off when I got back to garrison, we could wear them at Ft.Polk and JRTC, then off again till Kuwait 30 days later. We also had contractors with us changing out our uniforms for different variants before it went Army wide. Hell we had the Army just handing us $150 paid of Oaklies like they were going out of style- the SI Frame.
I never "officially" wore it, but the best military uniform I ever wore was the prototype SCU- Stryker Combat Uniform- the prototype of the ACUs made from Nomex flight suit and other materials created fast for the initial invasion. I was good friends w/ supply.
As as the throne goes, it was at the Alh-Fal Palace- HQ for All American and NATO forces in Iraq. We had to taxi a bigwig up to the flag pole, so we spent the day just relaxing and invading the chow hall.
I'll find them later, but when I was moved to Taji, our accommodations were some of the best a grunt could get - bombed out Republican Guard Barracks complex- with a working bathroom and shower - we even stole sat tv from the Iraqis and piped into the building. My personal room was bigger than my apt is now.
MG, usually I get stuck in arguments at the hospital I work at with former Army vets about "whose better" and blah blah blah, but I'll say this: You guys always had the nicest shit when I was overseas. We were running around with stuff still being used from Lebanon and Desert Storm vehicle wise. The Army was already rolling deep with M4s with the holosights and mono-NVG's and I was still using a busted M-16A4 with quite possibly the worst 203 underneath. We were always jealous of your gear, but never the ACU's... couldn't figure out why bluish-gray was suitable for the desert lol.
My favorite set of digi's I got to wear was the FROG suits. Nice, nomex material but still looked like regular cami's.
I can tell you this, while we did get new out of the box M4s (all combat units did, soft/combat got muskets) and the bells and whistles, we also tested out new and prototype systems, all of which that went into my truck, I had to sign for. By the time we had all our gear and trucks set up, I had signed for the truck, weapons, all the tuck kit, MBITRs, and best of all a Duke system, in which I was only allowed to know so much about it and other than that couldn't touch it. I had about $800,000 worth of hand receipts in my name.
We also had a ton off of the book stuff we got when we turned over from the old unit -lots of thermite grenades, and grenades in general. Since were PSD we belonged to BDG S3 Operations, but they left us alone- we ran normal missions when not doing VIP escort detail, like running with CA to meet and great the local nomads.
Those Nomex suits, IMO, were a lot more comfortable than the ACU's. The only time I was issued them was back in 06-07 during my final tour in Iraq. Only the individuals that went outside the wire "frequently" were issued them, I still have my 2 pairs. Yea, going on multiple deployments over a short period of time does have a tendency of "burning you out". 6.5 years active, stop lossed for that half a year, 3.5 years spent in combat zones split between 4 deployments 2 in each Afghanistan and Iraq. With the time between pre and post training deployment, the Army restructuring and creating new units in my MOS and having to write TTP's for said unit with/for my LT, not a lot of time left to have a life.
Sorry MG with you writing that you still worked for the "G" I just assumed that you were sill active. What years and unit were you in at Polk? I was attached to Warrior Brigade from Mar 02 till May 04.
Yea, most Army Combat arms units have the good gear. Once you get outside of combat arms then you were looking at "nam" era shit that barely functioned. AN/PVS-5, 203's w/o sights, standard M16A2's, AN/PEQ-2's, well you get the picture. As far as the vehicles go, you ever take a piece of plywood on top of the ole cargo 998 and ratchet strap a 249's tripod mount to it and use that as a "gun ship"? Man do I wish I had some pics of the shit we did back then... Hey!!!, the ACU's were great camo if you had to "hide out" in a gravel parking lot lol. The greatest thing about the ACU's was that they had a specific spot in the uniform to put our black pens.
No Prob. The only time was at Polk was for a JRTC rotation in the box right before we went to Iraq in late Jan 06
Yeah man, they gave us the nomex flight suits so we could operate the tracks a little safer. IED's still tend to burn though, but they were pretty comfortable, and had lots of pockets for extra rounds, flashbangs, and flares. And I know all about some rigging, we hooked up quite a bit of humvee glass to the side of the turret since I was so tall I didn't get scalped driving down the streets in Fallujah. And we occasionally played provisional rifleman for the grunts there, and they had the exact same gear we did. It was pretty disheartening walking through the streets of Fallujah and Ramadi after hours with PVS-5 and PEQ-2 and not being able to see 10 feet in front of you.
I was playing some airsoft this weekend. Luckily, a photographer was there And got a TON of images. Heres just a couple with me in them
Yea, the nomex had the advantage of not bursting into flames though unlike the early versions of the ACU's, I cannot speak for anything after Jan 07. Completely agree about the 5's. I still remember when I got assigned to the 25th ID and got my hands on PVS-9's man what a difference. Still in LOVE with my old PAS-13 thermal scope.... MAN those scopes were awesome. Sadly, I had to remind my LTC across the net that his thermal scope wasn't broke but trying to look out the bullet proof glass of his 1151 wasn't going to work because the glass itself had a thermal image.... which is why he was seeing solid white. After 15 mins of explaining that just because it was glass doesn't mean that thermal imaging devices can see though it... I "think" he understood. That convo was quite funny for the guys in the CP and the other trucks on the net.
We got to use the PAS-13 when we set up an OP near Abu Ghraib watching insurgent movements. I thought it was pretty cool for the first 2-3 hours, but after 3 days of sitting, and then 2 days of patrolling the outskirts on foot, got pretty old lugging that thing around.
Built a wall in the hallway and printed a Reagan face to knock em down
Last 2 days of senior year u cant fukin stop the Reagonator
instead of prom i went to parties and someone had a fuckin bear
Even with your hipster shit I can't help but love you.
My son and I in our Spider-man shirts. Or as my son says, "Fpider-Mayn". He's smiling. This is the face he makes when you tell him to smile haha
ORIO's got a kid?
Well no need to hold out on that dream any longer. Sigh. He's adorable with the smile face lol.
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