Without any crazy exaggerations, I want to try describe my previous 3 days. If you have been a faithful reader, you know there has been a lapse in most posting, due to what I am about to write you. Again, let me say,...no embellishments necessary.
Wednesday, 18 NOV 09, 2100.
I pack about 55 lbs of gear into a rucksack and prepare for a week/weekend away from home. Jessica takes me up to the drop point, we gave a brief kiss and off I went. Boarding a bus with around 40 other officers we headed off on our journey.
The 'staff ride' turned out to be a little excursion to the forest and back to do a little extra training here in Baumholder. At or about 0500 the next morning, with a minimized amount of sleep, all the officers took a APFT ( 2 miles, push-ups, and sit-ups). Immediately following, we were told to re-pack our rucks...and prepare for the training in set teams. Thus we departed, and got to a range where we were divided into teams to start 'stations'. Quickly:
0. APFT. (2 miles)
1. The March 9 Miles, with the 40 lb pack, up and down hills here in Germany.
2. A Stress Shoot Qualification
3. Short Bus ride.
4. 5 Mile Ruck March.
5. Simulated Attack, and first aide 1 mile carry of a wounded soldier.
6. 5 Mile Ruck March.
7. Howitzer Push/Pull up and down hill, (4 Miles).
8. Cold Sleep/Rice Ball with Anchovies (yum!)
9. 2 Mile Ruck March, with Water (additional 120 lbs).
This was stretched over 1.5 days. ( limited sleep, and food).
So, tomorrow, I promise to catch up.
I got 7 new books this week. Finished, 'Rethinking Retirement' By John Piper. It was about 20 pages total, but I think every individual in church should read it, especially over 50. We can't be motivated enough by the Scripture to turn from the lure of the world in our lives. This is an exceptional book of the history of some incredible saints. Polycarp...and others.