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August 31, 2005

Getting to the Fight.

Frequent commenter Blake hasn't been commenting frequently of late...

He's been busy. He's living the old adage of "Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics."

It doesn't matter how well you fight, if you can't get there - and with enough of the right stuff, on time. Blake is a part of making that happen. It doesn't make for stirring books, but without the efforts of people like Blake... there wouldn't be any stirring books to read. The Army's FCS program is actually as much about "How to get there, in time, with all the right stuff" as it is with building the fighting systems of the future.

Things have been a trifle busy for the last month or so, like 16-18-hours-a-day-7-days-a-week busy.

I think I've mentioned before that I am currently employed as a civilian logistician/transportation expediter with the 101st Abn Division, and that the Division is in the process of deploying for its second tour in Iraq. So, after three weeks of kicking figurative butts getting the 3rd Brigade's gear packed, documented, and shipped off from Fort Campbell, I've spent the last ten days or so steaming and sweating in Jacksonville, Florida getting the Brigade's equipment ready to load aboard ship for the trip to Kuwait.

The first shipload sailed [OPSEC deletion], and we start loading the second ship at 0800 tomorrow. I'm flying out to Kuwait to meet the ships around [OPSEC deletion] or so, and I'll get to come home again once all of 3rd Brigade's stuff is on its way north to Tikrit. Call that [OPSEC deletion] or so.

In the process I've acquired a few pictures that I thought you might find interesting. I'm working off the Webmail access to my normal e-mail account, which limits the size and number of attachments I can send, so you'll likely get another email like this tomorrow or the next day.

I'll give you some captions for the pictures. Which picture goes with
which caption ought to be pretty obvious.

1. An M119 105mm howitzer of Battery B, 3-320th FA, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn Div, with its M1097 prime mover, waits to be loaded aboard the [OPSEC deletion] at the Blount Island Marine Terminal at Jacksonville, FL.

2. A view from the weather deck of the [OPSEC deletion] of equipment and helicopters of the 101st Abn Div staged for loading at Blount Island

3. M119 howitzers of the 1st and 3rd Battalions, 320th FA, stowed aboard the [OPSEC deletion] for transport to Kuwait.

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I'm jealous. It sounds like Blake is having fun, doing something with concrete results, while I sit here trying to guess how things will work in the future... and hoping I'm right.

Oh, and thanks for the Gun Pr0n, Blake!