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Soldier415
09-12-2008, 10:47 PM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f273/ganjaman415/Annual%20Training/IMG_2042.jpg

Soldier415
09-12-2008, 10:54 PM
A video or two...:D

NSFW due to language (we are rather crusty in our manner of speaking)

http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f273/ganjaman415/?action=view&current=P1000117.flv


http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f273/ganjaman415/?action=view&current=100_2580.flv

technique
09-12-2008, 11:18 PM
What was that "DING" sound? something hit the vehicle?

Soldier415
09-12-2008, 11:22 PM
What was that "DING" sound? something hit the vehicle?

Yep, shrapnel.

Stormfeather
09-14-2008, 3:09 PM
yea, but grunts are the ones out there trying to catch the shrapnel like frisbees! Looky at those silly engineers hiding in their vehicles! :)

chris
09-14-2008, 11:49 PM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f273/ganjaman415/Annual%20Training/IMG_2042.jpg

ahh the fun of blowing stuff up!:)

mk19
09-25-2008, 5:11 PM
Engineer power. only if i had the patience to dig through some old photos of things blowing to pieces.

ColdSteel
09-25-2008, 6:03 PM
Hey, I'm having a huge party on July 4 next year. You're welcome to show up...

5150Marcelo
09-25-2008, 6:05 PM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f273/ganjaman415/Annual%20Training/IMG_2042.jpg

reminds me of the firecrackers I buy in Mexico:D

ColdSteel
09-25-2008, 8:07 PM
reminds me of the firecrackers I buy in Mexico:D

Aye yie yie! Lets go get some!

NeoWeird
09-25-2008, 11:42 PM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f273/ganjaman415/Annual%20Training/IMG_2042.jpg


What'd you do, take an out-of-stater to the local Mexican food place?

nick
09-25-2008, 11:56 PM
reminds me of the firecrackers I buy in Mexico:D

La Bomba :)

PatriotnMore
07-02-2009, 7:22 AM
Soldier415, how you doing over there? No hear from you since the 22nd, hope all is well.

doc1buc
07-02-2009, 8:46 AM
yea, but grunts are the ones out there trying to catch the shrapnel like frisbees! Looky at those silly engineers hiding in their vehicles! :)
:rofl2:
And when they actually do catch the darn things.... "DOOOOOoooC!"

Soldier415
07-02-2009, 11:15 AM
Soldier415, how you doing over there? No hear from you since the 22nd, hope all is well.

Doing good. Busier than Bill Clinton in a whorehouse above a cigar shop.

We are leaving in 2 weeks for a smaller Forward Operating Base up near the Pakistani border to do some hunting ;)

PatriotnMore
07-02-2009, 11:56 AM
Glad to hear you're well, I am reading it's been quite active in the Stan. Watch your six, happy hunting.

Doing good. Busier than Bill Clinton in a whorehouse above a cigar shop.

We are leaving in 2 weeks for a smaller Forward Operating Base up near the Pakistani border to do some hunting ;)

tteng
07-02-2009, 2:02 PM
Soldier415,

Let me ask you,

Why don't we just de-foliate the poppy fields and be done w/ opium-supported Taliban? This way you starve the Taliban and rid the drug at the same time.

Soldier415
07-02-2009, 11:47 PM
Soldier415,

Let me ask you,

Why don't we just de-foliate the poppy fields and be done w/ opium-supported Taliban? This way you starve the Taliban and rid the drug at the same time.
Because we would be cutting off one of the only ways for people to feed their families in a lot of areas and we'd starve them too.

Thereby turning the population against us.

Its a rock and a hard place.

Oregonish
07-03-2009, 9:56 AM
^^ never thought of that.

PatriotnMore
07-03-2009, 10:01 AM
Is anything being done to bring in agriculture specialists, and bring $$ to the table to give these farmers viable options to poppy? Could the problem also be that, to the farmers, the poppy is the only viable option because the other crops don't pay as well?

Because we would be cutting off one of the only ways for people to feed their families in a lot of areas and we'd starve them too.

Thereby turning the population against us.

Its a rock and a hard place.

Soldier415
07-03-2009, 10:18 AM
Is anything being done to bring in agriculture specialists, and bring $$ to the table to give these farmers viable options to poppy? Could the problem also be that to the farmers, the poppy is the only viable option because the other crops don't pay as well?
Yes. They are trying to bring in as many as they can, but it isn't easy. The problem is that thanks to the russians and then years and years of civil war...a large amount of the land here is heavily mined and unusable for large scale agricultural use. The economy alos collapsed, as well as infrastructure needed to bring the crops to market or export them.

All of this is being addressed, but it was destroyed over decades and cannot be corrected overnight.

If you remove the poppy crop, you take away the one way a man has to feed and provide for his family. If he does not have his poppy crop, he is then more susceptible to accepting money from the taliban to attack coalition forces.

If you are sitting there with your children starving...and someone offers you enough money to feed them for a year if you go and put a bomb in the road or shoot an RPG at a convoy...are you going to do it or watch your family die of starvation?

Not condoning it, just pointing out that this is a VERY common situation here.