Since my deployment date is rapidly approaching, I want to take a brief moment to explain sort of what I hope to use this blog for while I’m in Afghanistan.
I want my readers to understand what life is like in a combat zone, especially after ten years. Some of it will be mundane, but will answer the simple questions I think a lot of people wonder about. What are the rooms like? How do Soldiers get fed and is the food good? What is a typical day like? How does mail work? Showers? Laundry? Etc.
Obviously, I’m not going to get specific on schedules or get anywhere violating OPSEC. I will voluntarily run any blogposts that could even be misconstrued as sensitive through a third part, objective source like a commander or a more Senior NCO. But, I know what I can and can’t, should and shouldn’t talk about.
For me, this deployment will be drastically different than the last. I will be what is known within military circles as a “Fobbit” most of the time. I will be supporting the warfighter and managing aspects of their missions. Unfortunately, most senior NCOs don’t get to do the fun missions any longer. When we make MSG, we get chained to a desk and fed crackers and water. Every now and then we are given bathroom passes and allowed to communicate with the outside world.
And I’m ok with that! I really am. While I would RATHER be out there doing my job, I recognize that I had my chance and did well when it was my turn. Now it’s someone else’s turn to do the “grunt work.” And if they ever asked me to go out with them, I’d do so in the drop of a hat. I’m just honored to even be able to be there and provide direct support to our troops that risk so much leaving that wire.
If you ever have any questions about military life in a combat zone, let me know. I’d be glad to try and answer those “mundane” and seemingly minor questions you may have. No question is too stupid.