Flag Patches and Uniforms

One thing that has bugged me ever since I first saw it is the use of the flag patch on Army uniforms. I’m not against having the patch — that’s fine — what bugs me are some of the details. The largest of which is the fact that the flag patch is secondary to a […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Our Thanksgiving dinner here was actually pretty good. The task force chain of command served dinner for everybody on the base, which was a nice touch, something we used to do for Christmas dinner during December drills back in Ohio. We had turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, gravy, and a […]

Thank You XBox Team, Microsoft

A few days ago I got a very nice care package from the Microsoft XBox team, sent to me and my platoon here in Iraq. I posted some pictures and more info on my Army blog, here. http://armyadvice.org/armysteve/archive/2004/11/22/932.aspx

Thanks XBox Team and Microsoft

A few days ago, a very large, insured box arrived for me. It was from the XBox team at Microsoft, who got my address from some friends of mine who work or worked at Microsoft. They sent us a care package full of SWAG, including a bunch of hats and t-shirts, some pillows and posters, […]

Iraq Laptop Tips

Here’s some advice for those bringing laptops, gleaned from other soldiers here:1) Bring extra batteries — they’re worth the $100 they cost.2) Bring an extra power adapter — I know several soldiers whose adapters have been fried and now they have a real hard time using their laptops.3) A CD Burner (or DVD burner) is […]

Cash, Phones, and Internet

Here’s the low down on money, phones, and Internet here at FOB Bernstein (Caldwell is not much different except you can go to finance any time you want). Money. Cash is king. The PX will take credit cards but nobody else will (e.g. haji shops, etc. — there’s not much in the PX and it […]

Bright Lights, Big City

As I said in my last post, I recently went back to FOB Caldwell for a quick trip. The trip there and back was uneventful, gladly. Not having been there for a couple of months, it was interesting to see what had changed, and also to compare it with FOB Bernstein now that I’ve lived […]

Thanksgiving and Army Chow

Earlier this week, for a few nights in a row, it was thanksgiving dinner time at FOB Bernstein. They had turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes — even cranberry sauce. There was also roast beef. This was for a couple of days in a row (so it was like T-day with leftovers — very realistic), but […]

Fobbits and other Iraqi critters

Here’s some terms you’ll need to know if you’re going to be coming to Iraq soon (at least for US Army folks). One term that’s frowned up on officially but used all the time is ‘haji’, referring to Iraqis. There are ‘haji shops’ at most bases where you can buy souvenirs, dvds, gifts, rugs, blankets, […]

TF 120 Says "Go Army, Beat Navy"

The Army-Navy Football game is coming up (December 4th – more info), and a bunch of folks here are really into it. The Task Force (1/120th IN) put together a short movie they’re hoping CBS will play during the game. However, I’ve been given permission to offer a ‘sneak peak’ at this movie to people […]