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December 16, 2004

Trucks, armor, lack of. and other things

A U.S. soldier sends a "message to Mom" from Camp Virginia, Kuwait, Dec. 13, 2004, during a USO show hosted by Gen. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott M. Ash)

Obviously the Army is trying to change the perception of the problem - by being proactive in discussing what is being done about the problem - and it's not just scrounging.

And troop morale seems to be holding up well - and Sgt Hook will appreciate this - the Senior NCOs kicked officer butt:

Some of the most unforgettable songs, though, came not from the band but rather 2nd BCT company commanders and first sergeants, Soldiers said.

Milley “suggested” a friendly caroling competition between the two, with hilarious results. The rowdy audience declared the first sergeants winners with their off-tune rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Their reward was an encore presentation, this time playing “Frosty the Snowman,” with the support of 2nd BCT sergeants major.

“We couldn’t compete with the 1st Cav. Band, but I think the Soldiers got a kick out of it,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Mahoney, 2nd BCT command sergeant major. “We won’t be auditioning for chorus any time soon.”

This is the stuff that will be the stories at Legion and VFW halls and reunions in the decades to come.