Sunday, April 25, 2010


New account on twitter:  Larkabroad

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010


what not to do urban

Interlude at LAFB

Went to lunch at a Thai place ner base with coworkers and some CAST mates.

They don't normally dress like twins.

Found out that I was going to be delayed at least a week due to middle men mistakes in paperwork, again. I'm a bit frustrated.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 11

We graduated!

The Airman’s Creed
I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my Nation’s call.
I am an American Airman.
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,
A Tradition of Honor,
And a Legacy of Valor.
I am an American Airman.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,
My Nation’s Sword and Shield,
Its Sentry and Avenger.
I defend my Country with my Life.
I am an American Airman.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.

And then we were done. : D

Back to base, then Brazillian Grill for some serious beef- eating, and now finally bed in an actual bed.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Camp Bullis: Ode to the HBB

Ode to the Hot Beverage Bag

Oh Hot Beverage Bag, you are the one for me, I find you first when on bended knee- you meet all my needs so easily.

You keep my map safe and my iPhone dry. You help me steal quickclot for experiments- by and by.

You store my sudafed without complaint. You give and give without restraint.

You store water or keep it out. You work hard all day, but never pout.

You collect snacks, laminate 9 lines, you've just inspired me so many times.

You catch my pee behind a tree, you fold up so nicely. You look after loose change and odds and ends- you take whatever life at you sends.

You save me from sucking-chest-wounds if I get shot. At night I keep you next to my cot.

You have my heart, this much is true. You can hold and even heat my socks, and my Drink mix, too.

Because of you, I can carry around a goldfish pet or a tiny critter friend. You even collect trash- your efforts never end.

You keep my notes, you help me tote anything and everything. You are a girl's best friend- her confidant. You even keep her hygiene items on stand by for when she's not doing so hot.

You keep secrets- you never leak. Your integrity abounds, it's YOU we seek.

You keep the compass clean, untensils ready. On our behalf you constantly intervene- always calm and steady.

You help organize supplies for first aid. You can be a water bomb, or make a popping sound to simulate a grenade. You accompany us on every task and raid.

You handle all sorts of "hot water", but you never abandon us for slaughter.

You ward off paintballs, you stave off blanks. You give warning advice, you help us plot various pranks.

You never tire, you never sleep. When HBB is on watch, peace we will keep.

You keep tamales fresh and wipes moist. Mirrors, make up, and sunblock you hoist.

Cocoa, coffee, juice, and water- HBB takes it all without a fuss. Never forget your HBB-
it is a must!

-- Post From My iPhone

Camp Bullis: Day 10

Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!

We were summoned from sleep at four a.m. - and we hit the ground running. 45 people got dressed, armored, ran up hill a quarter mile and rallied in 8 minutes. To our delight, we set the all-time record for surprise attack response ( no forewarning or rehearsal or even predetermined combat ops).

The mission began with night land nav with a danger crossing. Then we made it to our transport (I was the driver of the hmmwv) which eventually was hit by an ied. This was coupled with a complex fire attack- forcing us into a building which we had to secure.

Conducting 9 line, lace, and calming down.

After that, we went to transport and conducted tactical combat care and urban tactics ( securing another building). Then we had to haul a litter with our concluding land nav.

360 security

We finished off the afternoon with patriotic sugar cookies.

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 9

Today we did SMUT with paintballs.

Can you tell who is who?

Our attackers in the nest of doom.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 8

Sunday: the day of rest- sort of!

We were released long enough to go to target and to eat.

-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 7

Today we did convoys with ied's and had to hold security at the same time. I drove for half of the exercise. We had to hurry up and wait for two hours with all our gear. Typical military.

Me waiting...

More waiting....

I'm crushed up in the window, we just recovered him from our vehicle while under attack after an ied explosion.

Driving (waiting for a civ truck to pass).

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 6

Today we did HMMWV HEAT.i photographed another team's first task. My team set the record time fir first task, by the way. : D

In the afternoon we did land nav with maps, compasses, and sheer force of will.

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, April 9, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 5

I earned my money again today (and it's not even done yet- at least four more to go)!

We ran in full battle rattle with gallons of water, four fully loaded m4 mags, m4's, and had to give care under fire, which is nothing like SABC ( emergency med response for civilians).

Had to run up Texas hills under fire to rescue and treat people for hours on end. It was only 93 degrees- can't imagine doing it in 140.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 4

Today I ate roasted rattle snake.

-- Post From My iPhone

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 3

192 rounds at the pop-up range.

Instructor began by calling me his "silly villian" aka civilian.

Then I was "scary good".

At the end he said I out shot most of the brass, and that he'd be comfortable fighting with me beside him. :D
Then he pronounced me as an official badass. Then we came back to camp and had IED training. 50% of US deaths in AFG are from IED'S.

I hate my helmet. It's the smallest they come and it's as tight as it goes and it's still too big. Still, appearances aside- rockstar day. We finished it off by flailing a snake we encountered in the field.

Today was a good day.

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Camp Bullis: Day 2

Today I got licsenced in driving HUMVEEs.

I also got to ride up top.

After my 9.5 hours of training, I sat down to another spectacular MRE. This one was so good, in fact, it even tried to boost my motivation.

Sadly, I didn't eat it. Came back to a 100 degree tent in full IBA and ICE ( a long, dusty, humid, hot walk).
-- Post From My iPhone