Well man 😥😣what more can I say. After 6 years of serving I was happy to do it with these guys and I felt nothing but love and brotherhood along the way and along with a little bit of "smoking " of course😂😂😅😒😒. But in all seriousness I could say thanks to everyone of the whole B Troop for being there not just for me, but for looking out for each other as well. So for that I will miss yall and hopefully see yall at the next function. Now it's time to move on to the next chapter of my life to see what that holds. #scoutsout, #armylife, #untilwemeetagain, #nextchapter
Throwback Thursday. Long time ago in a land far, far away. The first two pics are of me and my wingman for the day SGT Peak. We were in a town at the southern edge of our AO called Tarmiyah. This day was the the hottest day on record for our deployment, 130 degrees plus. We were literally wet from head to toe. Not a dry piece or material on our uniforms. Notice the smile on my face. Why? Cause its all you can do. The second next two are of me standing in the road during a break as we were heading north into Iraq on our way to Samarra. I had the dubious honor of being the last vehicle in our Battalions movement. The BC wanted to see the end of his Battalion via my BFT.
The last two pics are me on the ground providing security during an escort mission. We later dubbed all such missions as "Heidis" as we nicknamed ourselves the "Heidi Flice Escort Service." Many of these photos bring back memories others....blank stares and I dont recall the events depicted at all.
Our Pre-Rangers conducting dismounted training at the Fuhrman Training Area this morning. These Officers mean business as they are training with full-size rucks immediately after completing their Land Navigation Course. Respect! #abolc#meetyourarmy#goarmy#scoutsout#rltw
I spy a PFC Ellingsworth and his 2013 Scout Platoon from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2/9 Infantry, about to step off on his second 26 Mile Manchu Mile! The event is an esprit de corps commemorative ruck march designed to honor the men and women of the 9th Infantry from days gone by.
I’ll be honest, that ruck was brutal, especially the second time around. On top of that, I hadn’t integrated with the platoon yet, and I’m 100% sure that my SSG hated me. This picture is of one of the toughest times in my Army Career.
And you know what? I’m glad I have a copy of it. I am glad I can look at these faces and remember these men. I am glad I learned the lessons I learned, good and bad alike. I am thankful for my failures, because they have been my teacher.
Don’t shy away from difficulty. ENDURE. Succeed. Remember, and grow.
Thanks @vanessamorifry for the photo, there are a lot of people in this shot that I miss. Now.