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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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  • ches
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    Been in a Chinook in Family Practice Residency Training on search and rescue. It was neat having the head of Family Practice also be head of the emergency room. Got up on Appalachian trail with Tennessee Rescue and getting dark and not found lost hiker. Got back in chinook and lift off and hydraulic fluid starts pouring put of aft engine. I am only one with back pack and winter gear with me. They had to start wifening the landing zone along the appalachian trail to accept an HU1B iriquois that started ferrying the team back to civilization. They foun the hiker tge next spring.

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    NSB and company in Afghanistan almost Christmas 2003.

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  • Broken Arrow
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    Yes they did but the "Piece" fractions were pissed off about it.

    Minster of defese Jung, General Schniederhahn and state secretary had to dismiss because of colaterial civilian casualties and the political fight about this incident.

    It is known as the Kundus Affäre.

    But most what happens, we don't read in the news because it never made the news.

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    Originally posted by Broken Arrow View Post
    Sending German soldiers outside the region of NATO and for the defense of the allies is at least a difficult moral issue.

    After WWII the first real war engagement was ordered by the Government of Schröder and Fischer, Sozialdemokraten and Grüne. Those who normally oppose every military engagement.

    The different opinions in Germany will remain at least as long as one of my generation exists and may be the generetaion behind me.

    War doesn't solve the problem but what else stops ignorant violent believing idiots? Talking alone not.

    Sigh.
    All I remember about the German Army in in 2011 in Afghanistan is they gave the Taliban a good kick in the butt and they were being investigated about it. I don't know what happened of the investigation, I left Afghanistan by then. But I do remember, the Taliban attacked the Germans first in Mazar e Sharif.

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  • Broken Arrow
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    Originally posted by Ndnsoldierboy View Post
    I know that Germany sent some soldiers to Afghanistan. I never served along side them as they were in a different province than I was.

    Sending German soldiers outside the region of NATO and for the defense of the allies is at least a difficult moral issue.

    After WWII the first real war engagement was ordered by the Government of Schröder and Fischer, Sozialdemokraten and Grüne. Those who normally oppose every military engagement.

    The different opinions in Germany will remain at least as long as one of my generation exists and may be the generetaion behind me.

    War doesn't solve the problem but what else stops ignorant violent believing idiots? Talking alone not.

    Sigh.

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    Originally posted by Broken Arrow View Post
    I was in the Army at a time where it was unthinkable to take part in a real fight outside of Germany if not a case of NATO defense.

    And I am not sure if as it is today that we are on the right path. way. This will for many years a very debatable issue outside the politicians.
    I know that Germany sent some soldiers to Afghanistan. I never served along side them as they were in a different province than I was.

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  • Broken Arrow
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    I was in the Army at a time where it was unthinkable to take part in a real fight outside of Germany if not a case of NATO defense.

    And I am not sure if as it is today that we are on the right path. way. This will for many years a very debatable issue outside the politicians.

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    If you ever spent time at Kandahar Airfield, you know the part of the base I am posting about. I was at KAF back in 2003-04 and this poo pond was nasty AF.

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    My new vest I wear at powwows and veterans funerals. I counted all my deployments during my active duty time in and it came up 38 deployments. On my vest I put my five combat tours only. I put the Chief Joseph patch on cause that is my ancestor with the three campaign ribbons added to show where I went to. Which represent Southwest Asia, Afghanistan, Iraq.

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    Since it is almost seven years come May 1st 2019 when I retired and I am posting here again. Have lost a few of our Tribal veterans and you can tell when we have a Veterans Honor Songs at the powwows I attend. My uncle passed away this year who was a Navy vet. He will be missed. And a couple old timers I drank beer with who were Vietnam veterans.

    All the World War II vets are now gone from my Tribe. We have I think one left from the Korean War.

    I have met a Russian veteran who served in Chechnya recently. That was interesting. He was wounded in action against the terrorists.

    ...and time marches on.

    NSB

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    ALICE pack. This was in use primarily before 9-11. The Army went to the MOLLE system soon after.

    I used the ALICE pack in Panama and the Persian Gulf War.

    MOLLE in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    Originally posted by chickendad View Post
    I carried my medicene bundle along with local feathers I found around FOB Marez in Mosul while with the 25th ID during 2003/04. What I carried that drove me crazy was a bayonet. It was required even though we carried our personal cutting blades. I quess I was somewhat lucky that my weapon was the M249 SAW so I got to carry a hachet. Duening 2007/08 Baghdad with 101st we had to wear everything, groin protecters, neck guards, and anything else we could come up with. Felt like the Pillsbary Dough Boy. Felt a little ashamed since I started in the Marine Corps 1980/83. Infantry instructors were Vietnam vets who went into the jungle with nothing. Also the stories and history of those in WWII dueing the island hopping also who went into the jungles with their uniform, weapon, ammo, and maybe two canteens. They were some badasses back then.

    The little attachments on the IBA did get out of hand. At the 10th MTN DIV. if the piece of gear wasn't issued, which happened sometimes, we didn't have to wear it. Like the neck guards and side plates, etc.

    The hatchet though, that would have been nice to carry. We never got real close enough to the Taliban or the insurgents though to use in hand to hand. Usually it was bullets flying. And that was about 100 meters away.

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  • chickendad
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    I carried my medicene bundle along with local feathers I found around FOB Marez in Mosul while with the 25th ID during 2003/04. What I carried that drove me crazy was a bayonet. It was required even though we carried our personal cutting blades. I quess I was somewhat lucky that my weapon was the M249 SAW so I got to carry a hachet. Duening 2007/08 Baghdad with 101st we had to wear everything, groin protecters, neck guards, and anything else we could come up with. Felt like the Pillsbary Dough Boy. Felt a little ashamed since I started in the Marine Corps 1980/83. Infantry instructors were Vietnam vets who went into the jungle with nothing. Also the stories and history of those in WWII dueing the island hopping also who went into the jungles with their uniform, weapon, ammo, and maybe two canteens. They were some badasses back then.

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  • Ndnsoldierboy
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    Operation: Mountain Storm spring offensive March 2004.
    There is a small village on the other side of the trees. We did capture some Taliban on this day.

    We had landed at LZ Boulder early in the morning set up a defensive perimeter for the other choppers to bring on the rest of our company, this was the 10th Mountain Division. We were in the Uruzgan province.

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