From the Soldier side: So I'll continue my story about going back to Fallujah. If you scroll back, you'll see the last time I was there (Jan 05) it was still a hot spot. Now, in May 05, they're trying to rebuild the place. My team has been tasked to look into why nothing is getting built.
So, we're in Camp Fallujah, ( A Marine camp) working to help the US Army Corps of Engineers, talking to Navy folks. How confusing... I had a hard time just figuring out what to call people in different uniforms. You'd think we were all from foreign countries. I had no idea what a Senior Chief was etc. Thank God I'd watched every episode of JAG, so at least I knew the officer rank system in the Navy. No F-14 flying attorneys though....disappointing.
So, I'm working with this Navy Commander...like I said, a nice guy- very professional. I explained that my team and I needed to get into Fallujah and talk with some of the locals in person. No problem. He'd set up a convoy with his Sea Bees. I walked over to the Sea Bee compound and introduced myself. Their group was almost all Navy Reserves...the "expert" they had was a civilian cop from the South. He kind of gave advise on how they should do things...he was very good.
After I talked to these guys, I figured I could learn a lot from them on how to run convoys etc into the city. They had some very good ideas and methods...which I will not talk about here in case some assholeinsurgent reads this. None the less, I took some of these ideas and put them to use with our teams later.
RIDE INTO HELL: to be cont.