Thursday, August 12, 2004

Sniper Fire (?)

The other day, we went somewhere, and did something

68 comments:

Back said...

Good to see a new post. Keep up the good writing and we'll keep reading.

tropical said...

glad to see you back cb!! keep up the great posts!

Mark said...

ATTA BOY!

cb said...

I was starting to worry that we would NOT be hearing from you for awhile. So, needless to say, I'm relieved you are still online. I sent my son (also a Stryker in Mosul) your blog - hope he gets a chance to read it, too. Thanx for the update - stay safe & cool! Carol from Texas

justrose said...

hey cb -- happy to read your post today. thanks.

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Saffra said...

Glad to see you're back.......everyone has been waiting with baited breath, checking every few minutes, hoping and praying that you would continue what you are doing. Awesome blog...we're so proud of you and your fellow soldiers, and wish you a safe return back to the states at the end of your mission....Godspeed, my brother.

Enexxus said...

Glad to see you're still alive and typing. Stay safe, think cool.

Caren said...

Glad to know you're ok.

Wanted to let you know I've added your blog to my "Go Read!" section on my blog.

Shar said...

Good for you, glad you are still blogging. At least for now. I assume this is a "see how it goes" kind of scenerio.
Should we all wave at MI?
I bet they will enjoy reading this as much as everyone else does.
Toys can be cool. Anything to relieve the boredom I guess. Too bad he wasn't filming in the direction the shot was fired from, maybe you'd know exactly what the deal was then.
stay safe

di said...

Ha! Gotta love that first sentence...'the other day we went somewhere, and did something'. Very funny. :) Glad to see your back at it, even if you have to be more sensitive w/ certain details. Take care and hang in there, di

Pawatwoop said...

What kinda post was that? You didn't even give us the grid of the OP? How am I supposed to plot your movements if I just stick my thumb on the map?

Good to have you writing... again.

Michelle said...

It is sooo good to know that you are still writing. We look forward to hearing more from you soon. Be safe and God bless..

Michelle

Nerwen said...

Hi there! I came across your blog via some links from Smash. THanks for giving us the "bird's eye view" of what is going on over there. I also read a couple other blogs from soldiers over there. My cousin is in Iraq, hopefully coming home next month. Keep writing...your one of my daily reads now. Thank you.

firstbrokenangel said...

I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK!!! The other comments before mine are great. Never laughed so hard; i was so relieved to see that you had written SOMETHING even if it was NOTHING!! I noticed others also noticed it was nothing too. :-) You logged on while I was visiting one site and typing in another. Wrote American Soldier too personally. He's redeploying soon. To Paw: cb will feel better about writing as time goes on, I know it's hard to follow him on a blank map!! :-) Been activity in your area lately. Been so worried about you too. SMILE FOR THE CAMERA!! It'll come as you relax - you're doing a great service for the service. They should know that by now. Anyway, saw the servicemen who are going to Athens to compete in rifling, shooting, etc., and they said they are doing it for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and if they get a gold, it'll be dedicated to you guys.

WHOO!! I AM SO RELIEVED.. even if you didn't give us your normal pull in the people-type writing style we've become used to but we understand, it will take time for you to let it all out again. I like that your wife posted, too. Cool.

SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK WITH US!!

The Oracle said...

Finding you back online was the highlight of my week!

firstbrokenangel said...

That was me, forgot to sign my name.

hugs,

~C
aka Cindy Callahan from Barrington, NH
originally from Woburn,MA

Sgt.Loco said...

Keep up the good work.....glad to have you back!

(....opsec...)
The other day, we went somewhere, and did something
(/..opsec....)

You are a "Go" at this station! Move out.....

Mellie said...

Just stumbled onto this blog and was amazed. You write so genuinely. My ex-husband was deployed to Iraq for almost a year and, even though he wrote me nearly every day, he never told me anything. This at least gives me SOME idea of what he saw. I appreciate you writing this. And, one punk rocker to another, keep the faith.

Red said...

SO glad to have you back! Having your perspective makes the war more real, I'm glad you're going to continue with your blog. X's&O's to MI!
Jules

Tammi said...

I also had to LOL over the somewhere, someplace bit. I'm just glad to see you posting and still showing a bit of that razor wit!!

I'm also surprised you're back so soon - I figured that was a least a weeks worth of reading in the other post!!!

You should be feeling pretty good about yourself! You've reached a lot of people, whether you meant to or not.

Zillah Harlock said...

Hi, it is really cool to read your blog and you are a great writer. My coworker AIMed your URL to me and I really got into it and I've gotten a lot more interested in what is happening with the war. I hope you and the rest of the troops there are doing ok and eventually come back home safely. I kinda worry when you don't post anything, so it's good to see you writing. Good luck with everything, stay safe and take care!!! I will pray for you too.

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radcon said...

I just found your writings and finished a few entries. Got to tell you that it's refreshing to read honesty in such a F'd up situation. Although you may not have looked to develop them, you've got a large set of balls son. Stay safe.

Russell said...

The other day, we went somewhere, and did something.
HAHA...i see our new limits are upon us! Keep up the good work dude!

BLACKFIVE said...

Christ, when I was an MI puke, I would have loved to HAVE to read your stuff.

Keep up the great work on and off the battlefield!

summer said...

I have been checking your blog like every two hours for the last two days. Every time, I just saw the same old post. So, when I saw this new post I got so excited I squeeled. You must think im crazy! My husband said he never knew someones blog could have such an affect on me. Im hooked. Your blogf is like a Stephen King novel that I cant put down. Keep posting. We all love your posts here in Florida.

Jack in TX said...

After reading the first sentence, I was laughing so hard my dogs were scared.

Just in case any of the MIs are also lawyers at home, you might want to go with: "On a hypothetical day, it'my opinion that someone may have allegedly gone somewhere and allegedly done something."

Take care pal.

What? said...

"The other day, we went somewhere, and did something"
Classic and a chuckle

"When I first got to Iraq, those sounds would alarm me, and I would think to myself, "Oh shit! People are trying to kill each other," but now when I hear them, I think "Huh. I wonder what's going on there."
ROTFLMAO Classic.

Thanks for the report.

~Jen~ said...

...went somewhere and did something...

That was so damn funny.

Belle said...

Thank you!

I checked the blog last thing last night and first thing this morning like you're my son and I haven't heard from you. Can you imagine how many visits you got in the last 36 hours?

Retrostats.com has a free counter you can install in your side bar if you want to try tracking hits again.

Consider yourself hugged and welcomed back.

Sara said...

CB--So glad to see you back!

Yeah, I was checking like every hour or so to see when you were gonna post again. This morning: nothing. This afternoon: whoohoo!

LOVED the "went somewhere, did something." Way to stick it to 'em! I disagree with anyone who thinks this post was "nothing" compared to previous ones. Same rapier wit, sarcasm, and brutal honesty: When I first got to Iraq, those sounds would alarm me, and I would think to myself, "Oh shit! People are trying to kill each other," but now when I hear them, I think "Huh. I wonder what's going on there."

Ah, life is bearable with CB back on the prowl.

The Kali-Man said...

New to the Blog, blown away by what I read here. You and the rest are in my prayers.

this we'll defend said...

I was expecting to see something like this:

Ha American! Now I have you! I now know you recently went somewhere and did something! Your whole plan is revealed....

A scumwad insurgent

I heard a story about the fighting in Afghanistan. Some SF guys were apparently listening in to the Taliban, and the Taliban knew it and were jeering at the Americans. The SF has the Northern Alliance shoot some arty at the dug-in Taliban, who responded over the radio by saying something like "you infidels suck! That missed us by almost 300 meters! Ha!" The SF guys: "Drop 300, fire for effect." No more Taliban on the radio after that.

Vadergrrrl said...

What up Gilman World Supah Star,
Glad to see you are writing. Stay safe. We love you.

Your wife sounds amazing too. Tell her we are here for her. Soul mates, ah.... the beauty of love.

xxxooooooo

Jager said...

Excellent! Thanks for the true reporting. Damn our media sucks. CNN, Fox, ya'll all kiss our collective asses!

Kat said...

Hey...just adding my voice to the "thank you for posting and letting us know you are still there.

For my part, I alledgedly signed on to this imaginary blog from my hypothetical office that I travelled to by transedental air ways somewhere on the west coast.

If anyone asks, I wasn't here! LOL

This is a figment of your imagination.

Ciao for now!

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klee125 said...

His boots?!?!?!?

Another priceless gem. I know that guy! (kidding. except for the fact that everybody who gets a video camera goes through this phase - it's written in stone somewhere. A word of advice - don't watch the first dozen videos he does if you're subject to motion sickness).

One day, somewhere in Iraq....

Thanks. Glad to see this

91ghost said...

Thanks for the post.

Eric Blair said...

"Put that toy away"

Heh.

Some Cranky Guy said...

Great to see ya back! I can't go more than a couple of days witout reading your blog!

Barb said...

CB - Glad you're carrying on!
I loved this post - "we went somewhere, and did something" indeed :-)
Keep it up!

BTinFtWorth said...

Sounds like you have conceded to the censor, BUT, none the less, your Blog is News; and fresh. Keep it up. And screw the censors. Bill Mauldin and a host of others had to put up with it in WW2 and Adrian (Good Morning Vietnam!) had the same problems in Nam. Higher ranks get fidigity when young men talk outside channels. We like what you post young man. Walk the edge. BTW, I was an officer in my war and you've earned the right to be honest, if cautious. Go for it! As for the MI guys watching... Shame on the colonels who have them do it. They have a good Plt Sgt watching and my bet is he is doing a great job. Post! you earned the right the night of the "men in black". I had those days and nights when I was young. Scared the shit out of me.
BT
BT

this we'll defend said...

BTinFortWorth: I get the impression that MI isn't watching to censor him but because they are fellow soldiers in Iraq and are FANS. That greeting from CB seemed genuinely friendly, much like he would give to a transportation unit that he knew was reading, or an aviator like the helicopter crew chief who posted.

Lisa said...

Whew! Glad to see you are back. I showed your latest blog to someone and the bastard told me it was bullshit! Imagine that. I, also worried that you may not post any longer, and also I kept checking to see if you had. Thank you!!!

to "this we'll defend", I have a brother in law who is Navy Special Forces and I was wondering where you got the bit of info on Afghanistan and SF's listening to the Taliban. He was supposed to come home late July, and due to some "unknown" reason, he is still there. Any help is appreciated.

((( )))) A cyber hug to the author! God Bless!

Marine Mom said...

Hey, CB - I thought you might like an update on Lt Armeni (from your Men In Black post):

He is in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Hospital with abdominal infection of his wounds, and is suffering from blood clots in his lungs. Prayers are greatly appreciated for his recovery.

nygal said...

CB_ I was SOO happy to see you post I did not even read them!!! I jumped to the bottom to post a thank you and a "glad you're OK message" - now I'll go back and relish in your writing! Thank you for your service to our country and I hope all of your fellow soldiers are ok...I feel like I just got a great gift!

Katina said...

Wow, I must say I've been reading your posts for about a week now, and damn. It made me realize what you boys are really doing over there. Keep up the good work, and come home safe

DirtCrashr said...

Ww keep hearing crap like "enemy sniper fire" from the MainstreamMediaCrapheads - as though they even had an inkling of what a "sniper" is - except (for them) a guy, hiding behind a pile of bricks with an RPG - sorry, Bwaaahha! Not a sniper. What idiots.

Stay safe!

-keith in mtn. view

nygal said...

And by the way - I am HERE, doing something, eating something, reading something....

John (Useful Fools) said...

Glad you're back. I just found your blog recently.

Keep it up. It gives a much better perspective than the news.

I'd love to hear more about the Stryker, but I imagine security would prevent that.

this we'll defend said...

StrykerAunt, in response to your question (on the previous post):

A battalion commander is usually (read: always) a lieutenant colonel. A brigade commander is a full colonel.

It goes like this:

Second or First Lieutenant (2LT or 1LT): Platoon leader or executive officer for a company (XO - the 2nd in command). About 30 to 40 riflemen.

Captain (CPT) - company commander (called the CO) - approx 100-125, usually 3 line (rifle) platoons and a HQ platoon.

Major (MAJ) - no command positions in the infantry. Suckiest rank ever. They are staff officers or battalion XOs. They all want to be CPTs again.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) - Battalion CMDR. Anywhere from 450 - 1000 men depending on the type of unit. Usually 3 line companies, a HQ company, and "slice units" in support such as engineers, arty, etc. They also want to be CPTs again, and often try to be.

Colonel (COL)(also called "full colonel" - Brigade commander. 2000-5000 men. 3-5 line battalions (usually 3) with slice elements such as a field artillery battalion, engineer company, etc.

Brig. Gen (BG) (one star) - no command positions, but you are general so it is not as sucky as being a Major, and generals don't do patrols anyway so it is all staff work however you look at it.

Major Gen. (MG) - division commander. Two stars. Almighty on high. Divisions can have from 12,000 to 22,000 - some Army divisions aren't at full strength such as the 10th Mountain division. Usually 3 line brigades, an aviation brigade, and support elements. The smallest self-contained fighting force (for now, the Army is seeking to make Brigades self-contained).

Lieutenant Gen. (LTG) - corps commander, 3 stars - 2 or more divisions.

General (also called "full general)(GEN) - chief of staff, Army commander, etc. 4 stars. Nobody ever sees them - not to knock them because they always have real medals and lots of purple hearts. The army is a warrior culture and promotes successful warriors.

That is as high as it goes. Five star "Generals of the Army" were only in WWII, and they are all dead. Gen. Pershing was a "General of the Armies" but never bothered to wear more than 4 stars so no rank was ever designed. He was the highest-ranked living soldier. Gen. Washington was promoted to General of the Armies in 1976 with a 1776 date of rank so that he would always be the highest ranking US soldier.

Hope that helps. I can do the enlisted ranks if people want.

Some Soldier's Mom said...

"We went somewhere, and did something" may well replace "It was a dark and stormy night." LOL (if you need clarification on this, email me...) SO GLAD YOU'RE STILL BLOGGING!!! Stay alert. Stay safe.

Matt Lee said...

"The other day, we went somewhere, and did something"

Did your censor have anything to do with this beginning? Seems awful vague to me...like it was written here on purpose...

Good post anyhow...Isn't it a bitch when they're looking over your shoulder??? Kinda diminishes the quality of the work. Good post anyhow :)

cpumaster said...

Could you tell us about how good or bad any of the iraqis sniper you'd encounter so far? And I'm a civilian so forgivie for asking this, but could the bullet from sniper rifle penetrate your body armor/kevlar? Thanks, stay safe & keep ur head low.

this we'll defend said...

Yeah, CPUmaster.

CB, can you also tell us the best place for shooting you? Or, even better, if we tend to - excuse me, if they tend to fire high or low? See, when I shoot at you - I mean, when they shoot at you I - I mean they - don't like exposing myself if it isn't helping to kill you. I mean them.

Praise Allah - I mean God - for all you do to oppres... liberate us.. them. THe Iraqis.

Oh, and I think you should provide much more detail then "we went somewhere and did something." Perhaps you could even write about plans for a future op - when, where, who's going, etc. - all for literary purposes as well.

CPUmaster I know you didn't mean anything by it, but think about it. He can't and mustn't share things that benefit his enemies.

Brian H said...

Oh, this was a good one. I can't stop smiling. :)

Matt, you maroon. That was one of the all-time great rhetorical openings. We all got it. Try harder.

Thanks, again. More! More!

cpumaster said...

Sorry if that's sensitive info, but I thought I am not asking him to reveal how the sniper miss or any tips for the sniper or anything like that... I am just asking sort of general question about how good (dangerous) or bad (amateur) the snipers in his area are...I mean I don't want him to tell us any OP or future troops movement or anything or where the sniper attack is happening...

For example, it's in the news or other blogs you read about how bad the insurgents are in their mortar attack, over or under-shooting their target. I think that info is a fact that won't endanger the troops anymore or anyless. But if I am wrong for asking that, then forgive me....

Blog Guy said...

Glad you're back CB. Say hello to the censor twins (the guys from good morning vietnam) for us. :)

~Jen~ said...

This We'll Defend - loved your comment.

Robre said...

The weapon used by Iraqi "snipers" isn't really a sniper rifle. I believe the technical term for it is "tactical rifle." It's a semi-automatic rifle so it's not as accurate as a true sharpshooter bolt action rifle called the Dragunov SVD. It fires a 7.62x54 mm round at around 830 meters per second, or 2,723 fps.

A picture of one of romanian construction is here: http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040811/i/r1993144709.jpg

This rifle should penetrate kevlar, but will not penetrate the trauma (ceramic) plates in the soldiers armor under normal circumstances.

This is common knowledge.

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spaceCADETzoom said...

AH! now it deletes! ARRGH!
eh. It's Tom Clancy...cursing me cuz I took his almighty name in vain. I mocked his books and his armchair-general'ing and thus now have some voodoo posting curse.

SilverStarSitter said...

Way to stick it to M.I.!

Desultory Girl said...

CB, I'm LMFAO. New friends at M.I. eh? That really is too bad, but I still enjoy your posts about something somewhere.

And your recall of the experience to your senses since you've been there seem quite normal, unfortunately, with time one will get desensitized. But you know what, I pray for you for the best adjustment when you get home.

My best to you, with admiration and respect
--desultory

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