wow it's only monday and I am so exhausted, mentally and physically.
My soldier informed me today they have established his position-to-be in Iraq...yes...now it's Iraq...they have sent some people ahead already this week to scope out their living conditions over there. I should be somewhat relieved he is going there rather than Afganistan except that his position is First Gun truck Gunner. He will be scoping out the area for IED's (improvised explosive device) ahead of the convoy. He will do this by using a scanner thingy on top of the truck? (this is my version of it) per-ret-ty poor version I know, but, oh, wait a minute!
He is trying to explain it to me..I feel like I need to take a crash course in military terminology and acronyms. Here's some info about his vehicle he'll be firing from.
Here is a picture of his gun truck. His position will be in the compartment above where the gun in mounted on top of the truck.
Below is a description of the truck and what it's designed to do as well as the job of the soldiers who operate this vehicle.
Each truck has a driver, assistant driver and a gunner who must stand in the back of each truck on the lookout for trouble. A gun truck is designed for convoy security. A ring mount allows the Soldier aka michael who is firing the weapon to move 360 degrees. Rather than just firing out of the front of the vehicle, he can turn and engage targets all the way around. The five soldiers who operate the trucks are carefully screened volunteers with a high dedication to protecting the convoy. They have been trained to operate every position. The driver stays focused on the convoy and maneuvers within it to afford greatest visibility for the crew and provide maximum protection for the mission at hand. The other soldiers scan their surroundings for potential hazards.
My husband was excited to be chosen this week to attend training to learn to fly the army's remote control surveillance planes. They will be used to survey the cities in Iraq for possible risks of ambushes before the convoy reaches them. I couldn't find a picture maybe later.
I've been trying to put together plans for our trip to NYC. That in itself is daunting! I'm almost not looking foward to it. I just don't want to waste time trying to get from a to b. We're getting the NYC pass card to get into the attractions we want to...trying to get a subway card so we don't have to stop and get a ticket at every ride, and trying to find a decent, affordable hotel. Driving into NYC to all the attractions is not an option. Parking is expensive and not willing to risk parking in a bad area, getting stuck in traffic, and getting lost. Any tips out there? I would like it to be memorable and fun since it will be our last family trip before he leaves for a year.
Have a good week everyone!