From the Soldier side: I'll get right to the Christmas story, what are we up to....part 7?
Fallujah Christmas, Part 7: Operation Christmas Mission Fallujah, Iraq. By Christmas Eve 2004 my team and I had done a few jobs into Fallujah with the Marines. They always took good care of us and I know I learned a lot from them.
On Christmas Eve, The Gunny we were working with came over to where I was working and asked if my team could be ready to go on a mission in less than an hour. I said sure and I gave the team a "warn-o" (warning order to get ready for a mission.)
We checked out the SAW and ammo, I did a PCI (Pre Combat Inspection) on my team and we were ready to roll in 3o minutes.
Gunny came over to where we were loading the M1114 and got us all together for the "convoy brief" (this should always be done before any covoy. It covers who, what where etc and what the mission is.)
This mission was simple: We were going to drive towards the city of Fallujah, we were looking to meet up with an Iraqi dude. He'd be driving by himself, but Gunny didn't know what kind of car he'd be in, so we would have to be really alert. When we found the dude, we would put out security to protect him and there would be a transfer of "items" from the Iraqi dude's car to Gunny's humvee. Then we'd move back to camp.
I didn't want to ask what the transfer would be...I was assuming it would be info on WMD or some such stuff. Very imporant stuff...I assumed...
The radios were checked, good comms, the fuel tanks full, full load of ammo, all ready to roll....
to be cont.