ArmyAdvice: Getting Started

First, go to your blog. The url will be, where YOURBLOG should be provided to you in your welcome email. Once there, you should see a blog and a Login link. Click the Login link and enter your username and password. If this is your first time logging in, your password will be ‘temp’ […]

Rain is Here

It’s been cool and overcast today (all day, for the first time since I’ve been here). It rained some this evening, and the rainy season is supposed to be starting right about now, so the dust is probably about to be replaced by mud. Not much new here, just continuing to mark time and do […]

PT Scores and Internet

Not much new to report this week. Temperatures are getting more and more tolerable here, and in the morning it’s actually getting cold enough that something more than shorts and t-shirt is required for PT. And speaking of PT, we had our Army Physical Fitness Test this morning. Not having taken one in over four […]

Update From Bernstein

I’ve been here almost a month now, which has flown by very quickly, it seems. I can hardly believe October is more than half over! It’s rained twice so far, but neither time enough to really leave any lasting puddles or wetness. But the rainy season is coming, I think in November. The daily highs […]

First Rain

We got our first clouds a few days ago, and today was the first real rain showers I’ve seen since I’ve been in Iraq. There was some lightning and thunder, as well as some pretty heavy drops, but the whole thing wasn’t even enough to really wet the ground, and lasted maybe 10-15 minutes. It […]

I'm still here (and soon you may be…)

It’s been a relatively slow week, which means time passes more slowly. It is possible to be busy here as well as safe, so while I appreciate the sentiments that folks invariably have about how they’d rather I be bored here than having exciting experience, I’d prefer a happy medium wherein I’m busy and doing […]

A General Stops In (funny)

Last week some time, the 1st Infantry Division commander, a 2-star General, was visiting FOB Bernstein. He (and his entourage of security personnel, drivers, and various hangers-on — in total about 20 people) stopped by my platoon’s new living quarters, a street of CHUs (containerized housing units — trailers) which you can see some pictures […]

More Info on IRR placement SNAFUs

LTC (ret) Weldon formerly a deputy G1 wrote me today to elaborate on where the problem usually lies for replacements who arrive to find that they have no position to fill: Steve: HQDA and HRC St Louis do not assign individuals to positions within a theater, nor even at a stateside installation. Installations and theaters […]