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UPDATED: New Lightweight Body Armor is a GO!!!

April 30, 2009

 

Updated: Now that things are getting on track as the real professionals step forward, now it becomes easier to address issues such as this to find the source of the problem.  It should be the priority to ensure we have the best of everything, not because of vanity but because when you send the best to do a job, having the best equipment is essential.  And plus leaders should always ensure that those with whom they lead are able to execute the task to the best of there ability.  Case in point is this below.  We should ALL have this equipment and it should be readily available. How can you verbally state that this protective gear is unnecessary? This is life savin equipment. So yes, I would want to know who believes that this is not necessary or important and explain why. They can answer the question now or waite to reelection time.

The new lighter body armor is a go! New York Times did a opinion piece last week on it being held up but now reports that Secretary Gates  stepped in and made inquiries in regards to finding out what was the hold up on us getting it and will now be headed down to Afghanistan!  

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 I for one can say that this is a very good thing because when we trained in Kuwait en route to Iraq the last time, acclimatizing yourself again with the weight is a bitch in that heat.  Plus, going out on missions during convoys with all your protective gear depending on what type of vehicle you are in makes for a very uncomfortable ride and it is not like you can just take it off.  However Afghanistan is an entirely different story all together.  NYT touched on it in regards to Korangal Valley terrain:

 

 

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But I was there  during Operation Anaconda when we pulled base operations in Uzbekistan before jumping sites to go to Bagram Airfield when they went into Shahi-Kot Valley and Anaconda is a PRIME reason why shit like delays and not having the proper equipement is important. We fell up under 10th Mountain and although the word *mountain* is in there name, they were NOT used to the terrain. I blogged about Anaconda many times , anyway, other than the fact that I believe the Afghan forces didn’t come through, there is a wealth of information that could be used to learn from past mistakes from back then. Especially considering the fact that some didn’t have that level of experience or training you could say to effectively navigate that area. 

But the fact that Mullah Omar,  al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden were said to be in that area, well we know what happened with that.  The altitude for those not used to it, the terrain and acclimatizing depending on the weather all plays a part therefore your equipment can be a asset or a problem and people just don’t get that.  It’s not like we can take it off to get comfortable and put it back on.  Maybe if some could wear it themselves, exactly what WE move out in to do our job replicating that area, they would see why this is important.  Most of the soldiers who just come in are not used to it.

Yes, when we do Sergeants Time Training we train as we fight BUT when you are in a entirely different landscape like Afghanistan it changes certain factors.  Playing *politickin* when it comes to our equipment is straight bullshit. This is what could be the difference between life and death especially if it could of been prevented by having the necessary tools to do the job.  And we damn sure shouldn’t have to put up a fight just to get said protective equipment and the fact that we do is just simply amazing in itself.  How in the world can you explain not providing the tools necessary to do a job that you can send us too? We SHOULD have the best of damn everything without having to ask. Ask? Okay. Justify and explain why? Yes. Beg, plead? Hell no. If China has one, we should have two. If Russia has two, we should have four. If someone is thinking about getting it, we should already have it. We are the United States of freaking America! We LEAD from the front!   Better believe it.

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  1. juiceempire permalink
    April 25, 2009 12:09 pm

    Greetings;

    My name is juice, and given your service to our country, and I thank you, I would be very interested in you would check out my blog, specifically regarding the post titled Wrecking Af-Pak (Phase One) and leave a comment regarding your thoughts on it.

    I have added you to my blogroll, and I would appreciate if (upon reading my posts you like what you see) you would do the same, to up my reader base.

    I look forward to communicating with you further regarding these matters we are currently involved in.

    Thank you.

    juice

  2. juiceempire permalink
    April 25, 2009 12:11 pm

    http://juiceempire.wordpress.com/

  3. soldier4hillary permalink*
    April 25, 2009 12:47 pm

    Thank You! As well as a “thank you” for adding me to your blogroll! I will add you as well!

  4. juiceempire permalink
    April 25, 2009 1:51 pm

    Soldier;

    Unsure as to whether you got my reply to the comment you left on my blog, I thought I’d copy it onto here as well, just to ensure we’re on the same page:

    I appreciate your reading and commenting on my post.

    I would be glad and excited to have my article referenced in your upcoming post, and look forward to reading it. Please keep me updated on that.

    Please relate to me your overall experience in-combat in Afghanistan.

    Also, what are your thoughts regarding my post Cowardice of the Enemy?

    Having first-hand experience, although Anaconda was a more intense, more conventional unconventional military operation as compared to the current status quo in Afghanistan outposts now, I am very interested to get your take on my post.

    We will be in contact soon.

    Thanks again.

    juice

  5. soldier4hillary permalink*
    April 25, 2009 2:03 pm

    I will be sure too!

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