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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Soldier's Handbook Contest Winners


This award is long-overdue, but we hope you will forgive us our many distractions the past month.

The winners of the Soldier's Handbook Errors Contest are:

1st Place: Honorary Gunner
-- Terrible, who takes it for all of his compatriots who share his hard-working, Yankee ethics. He never gave up. Churchill would be proud.

2nd Place: Honorary Assistant Gunner
-- fasteddiez, a two-time RAW winner. He's fast, he's clever, he's a natural to win, place or show.

Where Terrible is deliberate and persistent, fasteddiez is passionate and fast off the mark. Both, winners.

Now, for the prize . . .

I think both have received free Ranger bumper stickers (though we've got plenty more we'd be happy to distribute.) Participant Deryle [past winner] thoughtfully suggested some petroleum, and certainly we'd be happy to scour a gen-u-ine tarball from the local beaches, if that so floated your boat.

We are thinking, however, that the prize shall have to kept on ice, for a future, hoped-for rendezvous. The winners are promised quaffs of their choice at the local watering hole, wherever that may be. This is a promise; LTR's are so difficult.

Thanks to all for their earnest participation. We felt it was kind of like the Special Olympics, really: Everyone was a winner :)



Anonymous Grant said...

The losers in this, of course, are the poor bastards who spend hours studying something riddled with errors before being sent down range.

At best, a squared away team leader tells them to forget the junk they learned reading that in basic, in which case they wasted valuable time that could have been spent preparing them for soldiering.

At worst, nobody will tell them any different. And that's terrible.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 2:25:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Roger that. This is exactly why i wrote this art.
The pics from AFGH consistently show the MG's being employed too far from the groung, therefore the gunner /ag are needlessly exposed to hostile fire. You'd think that the troops would stay low thru instinct alone.
The winners should have to hump a machine gun for 30 days ,and clean it every night. But Lisa won't allow me to task them with this chore.

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 9:24:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Grant said...

Well, I remember being a gunner then an AG and training to emplace a 240B on a tripod as part of a support by fire. Or not. It's all situational, and the magic of the US military has always been the speed with which they will throw out the book and do whatever will get the job done.

But that flexibility requires good judgment and common sense, both of which (if I recall my time in the Army correctly) were punished severely by platoon sergeants.

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 12:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

A pint of a good locally brewed beverage sounds like a prize fit for a warrior.

I look forward to it!

Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 9:45:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

"hump a machine gun for 30 days"

A break from humping buckets of concrete rubble out of basement and hauling crushed stone and sakrete back down does sound nice too. Would that be a live exercise?

Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 10:06:00 AM GMT-5  

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