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On My Way to Afghanistan

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Randyith, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Randyith

    Randyith Newbie

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    For those that know me, I am sorry for not responding to PMs and I am also sorry for some stupid comments that got me banned. I wish everyone well from an old 52 year old fart. I will not be able to post to this forum because my Pennsylvania national guard unit has been reactivated for the third time in four years and I am on my way to Afghanistan. Specifically, the Kandahar Air field.

    So, I have to suspend my blackhat sites because I cannot withstand CIA\FBI monitoring of my e-mails and web access. I am hoping the $2,500 to $3,000 I make from my white hat sites will continue.

    All good luck and good=bye for now.

    Sincerely,

    Randy
     
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    Best of luck to you and hope you stay safe.

    Godmonkee
     
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    Good luck and God Bless the American people my friend. :usa2:
     
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    All I can say man is give HELL over there... thank you so much for protecting our country it is very, very much appreciated ;)
     
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    Stand Strong Brother!
     
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    God Bless YOU and your FAMILY Randy.

    Don't know you first time we crossed paths but I appreciate you and all of those that serve this great country.

    We'll look forward to yours, as well as all our troops, eventual return!

    Stay Safe, Healthy & Happy!
     
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    Randy,

    I would suggest that you eat @ the Romanians' Chow Hall (if they are still @ K-1).

    To get there, while looking from the main runway towards the terminal building, continue to draw a line out from the right end of that building. Their chow facilities were setup back about 100 meters going out that line, and about 20 meters to the right (down by a treeline/fence row).

    Their food is almost always better tasting (and is free, too!)

    ~ T

    PS- While many folks aren't so interested in them, you may have a chance to acquire quite a few old Russian (USSR-era) Rubles. While they are no longer an active currency, they are nearly pure silver... you might wanna snag a couple if the trading opp. presents itself. I have about 3 dozen of them, each equal to about .9 ounces of .999 Silver bullion once re-poured. Right now, an ounce is worth a little over $15, and I got all of mine for the cost of a pack of US Marlboro's (full flavor).
     
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  8. Randyith

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    Thanks T-510320 and everyone else. I been told by other US soldiers and marines that the only countries troops that fight in Afghanistan are the British, Americans, Canadians and Australians. The others just hang out at their bases and do nothing but drink. ( Been told the French, Spanish, Italians and Germans are always drunk and absolutely worthless and never do any [FONT=&quot]maneuvers[/FONT] or fighting) Is this true? I hear the Romanians and Bulgarians buy out all the toiletries from the US PX, so you have to get there early when a new shipment comes in or you will not get any shaving cream or toothpaste. What was your experience? I spent 27 months in Iraq but this will be my first time in Afghanistan. In Iraq the Bulgarians fought and died with us. It was kind of a shame, there was only 12 Bulgarians with our 125 man company and 8 Bulgarians were killed and the other 2 wounded seriously in one battle lasting 6 hours. The Bulgarians were very brave. May be too brave. Never saw a Romanian fire a shot. The Romanians ran and would have been shot as deserters under US Military law in a combat zone.

    Thanks,

    Randy
     
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    Make love, not war
     
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    Please Americans quit war,War is not the solution of problems,just love the people
     
  11. Randyith

    Randyith Newbie

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    I just follow orders and I do not determine policy.
     
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    Randy,

    Stay safe, prayers sent and thank you for your service!:)
     
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    I did a combined total of 18 months @ K-1 and the remotes of Bagram & Mizar e-Sharif, plus 9 more at K-2 in Uzbekistan, Marine Corps.

    1 ~ You'll want to be sure you have a Visa or MasterCard debit card for PX runs, as true cash is limited based on rank and availability (underground black markets exist for US currency throughout Eurasia which -- if filled with additional money collected from US Forces by on-base contractors-- would destabilize the dollar).

    2 ~ Get to know the locals that work the PX (contracted and managed by KBR's people), and you'll be able to just swing by once a day and get an update of upcoming shipments.

    You'll eventually be able to tell by the arrival of C-17's from the north (Uzbekistan & Turkey) and East (Diego Garcia & Thailand) on particular days which ones are only carrying US Mail, and which have PX goods. The PX goods travel for free, but only on a space available basis.

    3 ~ Be sure to buy extra socks and military tees before you go... they were charging $17 for a 2-pack of the normally $7 per 3-pack military t-shirts (while at the same time telling the world that they didn't gouge the prices).

    4 ~ If you still aren't able to score hygiene gear for the first couple of weeks (due to the reasons you are already aware of), go to the Chaplains. They are the delivery service for USO packs of gear.

    5 ~ Be sure you clear your weapon(s) before entering the Mess Hall. I nearly killed a guy (Army E-6) for flagging his SAW in the direction of my CO while there was a belt was still strapped and locked in it. He slammed it down onto the table directly behind where my Colonel was sitting. I (E-4 at the time) dove over the table with my K-Bar in hand, and was about to give him a smile from ear to ear when my CO said to let him go. You don't wanna be that guy... remember the weapon safety rules while in camp!

    Keep your ass down, and ears open... the desert shares many of it's secrets with those who are keenly observant.

    ~ T

    HAVE FUN!! The sunrises and sunsets are some of the most awesome I've seen, especially with those mountains that are almost always in the background. Pictures of this would make a nice postcard.