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October 24, 2006

Speaking of being auld...

How many of these can you remember, old guys?

Did I mention Auld Guys?

Like, oh, 1SG Keith? Who is... 50 this day? No, I didn't mention that. Nope. Not me...

* Your name is on the back of a Unit Crest in the Graf O-Club. Yep
* You inventoried nukes at a NATO site and understood the 1 meter
rule when you found out they really were warm to the touch. Big Check!
* You know the Klosterbrauerei Kreuzberg beer really had a two
beer limit. uh-huh
* You know what GDP means and still remember where yours was and how long it took to occupy. Which one?
* You remember when we had tactical nukes and really planned to use them. Yepper. Did the planning, too.
* You remember spending hours in MOPP4 and doing M256 kits. Yep.
* You remember when the M8 Claymore and M72 LAW were part of CTT. Check.
* You remember when ARTEPs were 36 hours and you had fun. Heh. Fun?
* You remember what the hell a "1K zone" was. Something you went looking for after you busted into the 10K zone...
* You remember "ducks," and they weren't feathered. Got me here...
* You remember when Carl Vuono was CG (8th ID(M)) and Max Thurman was head of recruiting command. Betrays the source of this doc - a Pathfinder!
* You know what a Gama Goat and GOER were and could fix an M151A2 to run off one prop shaft. Yep, and I know that 3 cylinder 2 stroke diesel engines are deafening - worse than shooting cannon... damn things *shriek*!
* You remember snow chains on a deuce and a half. ...and putting the M151 the ditch, too, when the supply truck chains came off!
* You remember the monastery in Wildflecken. Through snow-blinded binos.
* You remember POMKIS, where your site was, and what was in it. Well, *I* remember POMCUS (Pre-positioning Of Materiel Configured In Unit Sets)... and I knew where my stuff was (near Weert, Holland), but we never drew our stuff, we always drew the stuff they wanted to move and service after that REFORGER.
* You had a license for an M-1941 stove. Still do. And for an M7 Priest, M3/16 Half-track, M24 Chaffee, and M-47 Patton, since we're on the subject.
* You remember when "c" rations came in cans and were the 1SGs cigarette supply. Check.
* You remember what a P38 is used for. 38 punches to open a can. Still have mine, have since 1972... made by Shelby, in Mallin, Oh.
* You remember everyone had a "reel to reel". I still do - in the basement somewhere.
* You remember when the Israelis were bad ***** and we all wanted to be like them.
* You remember when Saddam Hussein was our loyal ally. Well, not *really*.
* You remember jungle fatigues - and when they fit you. We liked 'em in the First Foot because we got to wear our unsubdued Big Red One on 'em...
* You remember when Airland Battle was a new concept, and everyone religiously read 100-5. And now I have a copy of FM3-0.
* You know what the "Cap Weinberger Doctrine" was.
* You remember green tabs strapped a " Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic: M1911A1" Actually, I traded mine to the VTR driver for his M3A1 Grease Gun...
* You can remember Team Spirit and REFORGER were every year. I never did a Team Spirit (Korea) but I did 7 REFORGERs, 5 in Germany and 2 from the states.
* You can remember what REFORGER stood for - and they were happy to see you. Well, not all of 'em were happy. The Mercedes driver who pulled too close to the M1 on their first REFORGER near Wurzburg - he wasn't too happy to see us!
* You remember when the M16 was a plastic carbine, and you hoped for an M14. I still hope for an M14 - which is *still* serving, btw!
* You remember beer and cigarette machines in the barracks. Yep.
* You remember Happy Hour at the club - before MPs were waiting at the gate. And girls actually came to the clubs...
* You can remember going to the Club at Graf, drinking, and watching Margaret.
* You personally know Margaret. Heh. I know the Lieutenant who *married* Margaret... then there's the time Dave Cutler didn't wash his hand for two weeks... because he got to rub the oil on Margaret...
* You know what a "Smokey" at Hohenfels is.
* You know Herb at Hohenfels.
* You know the difference between the VRC46, VRC47, PRC77 and VRC160 and the requisite installation kits.
* You know what a CEOI is and you can encrypt grids. Who needs to shack a grid when ya got BLACKHORSE?
* You remember when NTC was a new and cool concept.
* You have never heard of a yellow stress card.
* You remember when as a new LT/CPT you could go out and train your soldiers and not have an OC tell you how screwed up you were.
* You remember battalion commanders and 1SG's who were Vietnam Vets.
* You remember battalion commanders who drank, swore and mentored.
* You remember battalion commanders who were ruthless about tactics, but didn't give a crap about admin BS. Nope, not *that* old.
* You remember as a LT/CPT you had raters and senior raters who actually had the balls to rank you in their profile - to your face. Hey, I've got an OER in my file that doesn't *have* a profile...
* You remember when 60% selected on promotion boards was - awesome.

H/t, auld Jim C.

I can't wait to read what Bill brings to this discussion.