From the Soldier side:For my friends who know me, they know one of the things about my Iraq deployment that really bothered the sh—out of me was- The US Army “forgot” to get a bunch of us ammo before we rolled from Kuwait to Iraq in late 2004.Most of us were under the impression that we were going into a fu----g war zone.
How did it happen?Well, the California Army National Guard battalion I left the states with, gave a bunch of us to a Regular Army battalion when we got to Kuwait.So, they both blamed each other for not getting us ammo.
We got to Baghdad via a C-130 and took a bus over to one of the puzzle palaces, where we called home for about a year.A few days after we got to Baghdad, my company commander came up to me after dinner and said: “CI Roller, you and your team are going to Fallujah in the morning, so get your gear ready tonight.”
I said: “Yes sir.Are we going to get the rest of our ammo load?We only have a few rounds of 5.56 (M16 ammo) and a few rounds of 9 Mil (pistol ammo) each.”
Commander dumbass said: “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of that.”
Come morning, we ate breakfast and the unit we were replacing was going to drive us up to Fallujah.Just before boarding the M1114 Humvees, the convoy commander did a PCI (Pre Combat Inspection) on all soldiers.I held up my one M16 magazine and my 5 rounds of M9 ammo.He looked at me and my team and just shook his head.
So off to war we went.I was really in a bad mood…all those years of weapons training and teaching others to shoot and the friggen company clerk who wasn’t going anywhere had more ammo than my whole team.
I was introduced to the Gunny we’d work with.He asked what I did back home and I told him: “I’m a cop.”He was to.We sat down and did the cop handshake, drank coffee and ate donuts.Then he asked me: “Is there anything your team needs?”
I said: “Yes.AMMO!Look at what the fu—s gave us in Kuwait.”
He had his Staff Sergeant take me over to their ammo room and told me to “Help yourself.”
Dang, we had to carry a lot of crap!
I did.I’m an ammo hog…I feel warm and fuzzy with lots of ammo.Not that in the whole year I ever go to return fire and the bastards who shot at us….but I felt if I had to, I’d return a shitstorm of lead.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES.AND THANK YOU FIRST MAR DIV.