Tuesday, June 29, 2004

I Hate Self-Important Sensationalist News-Weenies!

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
I Hate Self-Important Sensationalist News-Weenies!
What a nice start to a new morning. We received one incoming mortar or rocket yesterday morning about 5:30 am. It landed on the west side of the base by the wall in the swampy area. I was getting ready to go run, but changed my mind and went back to bed for another hour after that. Scott had stopped back at the trailer to drop off his bike before taking Allen off to BIAP for leave. He also let me know that full battle rattle was the uniform of the day. To hell if I'm going to don a heavy flak vest and helmet to go run.

Full battle ratttle, again. In this heat, it is less than comfortable. I don't know how the gate guards and the soldiers on convoy detail can deal with it. I'm sure that they are in a constant state of dehydration with as much as you sweat in this stuff and the 120+ degree heat. Everytime you get inside and remove your gear, you are just drenched in sweat.

Yesterday morning we also got news around 10 am of the early passing of the government to the Iraqi people. At this point, it seem sonly very symbolic, but as time passes the decsions made by the Iraqi Congress and government will more represent the needs of Iraq rather than the needs of the US occupier and occupying forces. Of course, rumors were also making the rounds that Paul Bremer just wanted to be able to slip out of country without making a big deal. He really hates big going-away parties, tears and cake!

And if the mortars and battle rattle aren't enough for you, Geraldo is here too. Rumor (again, that's all we live for here) has it that he has a nephew here or at the 3rd Cav on North. He was conducting interviews this morning and would *only* interview soldiers, no contractors. I guess noone has told him that contractors make up a good share of the force insuring delivery of convoys of fuel, food, mail, and supplies to their destinations throughout Iraq. Not to mention that contractors handle a good deal of the vital communications that traverse this country right now. Without the contractor force in Iraq, many vital jobs would not be accomplished effectively. The military alone does not have the manpower to perform all of the jobs necessary to run this operation here.

Geraldo needs to stay here for about six months and see the operation in motion. Maybe then he would see the balance of work provided by the contracting team here in Iraq. Maybe then he would understand that the soldiers AND the contractors TOGETHER are required and necesary to accomplish this mission in Iraq. What we don't need here are some self-important, sensationalist, news-weenies creating a division between the members of our team; regardless of whether they are active duty military, foreign military, guard, reserve, civilian contractor or third country national. Geraldo has spent too much selfish time concentrating on his own greatness to ever be concerned with any team effort. Geraldo, there is no "I" in team!
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