Puddles of Water

Army Sgt Major as my TC.

It continued to snow all day and all night. But by night time the size of the flakes were miniscule in comparison.  This morning when I woke up, the precipitation had turned to a rain/snow mix.  Today we were going to visit Camp Phoenix and take care of some maintenance tasks and some administrative issues.  Afterward, we would drop off a

Sloppy day in the city.

teammate at Camp Blackhorse.  This would be my first time in driving the Maxx Pro MRAP for a long distance.  The Army Sgt Major would be my Truck Commander (TC).

We departed the camp and the snow had already started to melt forming large puddles of water.  All of the road potholes were full of water and the dirt had turned to mud.  The

Street vendor with his 4-wheel cart.

weather had no effect on the street vendors as they were busy setting up their fruit stands and items to sell.   We traveled rather slowly through the market area so we wouldn’t accidentally splash the citizens when our big tires would drive through the mud holes.  Otherwise, someone would complain about the occupiers or infidels purposely splashing the people.  These are the opportunities that the Taliban look for so they can dissuade opinion against the coalition forces.  But instead, we practiced good Counterinsurgency (COIN) principles and did not soak any innocent bystanders.

Large puddles of water at Camp Phoenix.

Sitting with an AF SMSgt Select and Major Select at Camp Phoenix food court area.

By the time we arrived at Camp Phoenix, the temperature was increasing causing the recent snowfall to melt even quicker.  Large puddles had already formed near the entrance and vehicles were causing ripples as they drove through it.  An Army SFC and I drove our vehicle to maintenance to have some work done and the entire parking lot was flooded.  While I drove, he waded through 4 inches of water and got his boots soaked while guiding my MRAP on foot.  Since there are several blind spots on these mammoth vehicles, we rely on spotters to guide us on the ground to prevent from hitting any unsuspecting pedestrian traffic.

While at Phoenix we took a break at one of their MWR facilities.  The Captain was thirsty along with his friend.  This is when I found out “my Captain” was recently selected for promotion to Major.  Congratulations Captain, you deserve it!!!  The MSgt sitting to my right was also selected for promotion to SMSgt (E-8).  My Captain and he have known each other for quite awhile.

Road leading to Camp Blackhorse.

The next part of our journey was a jaunt to Camp Blackhorse.  One of our teammates will be staying there for a few days.  We wanted to beat the city traffic, so we made a quick turn and burn and dropped him off.  I didn’t get out of the vehicle and wasn’t close enough to the gate to catch a glimpse of Liberty or Justice.  Perhaps I will see them again in the future.

The trip back through the city was uneventful and we were able to get a jump on the rush hour traffic.  The snow continued to melt and the puddles of water had grown in size and in depth.  We made it back to camp and parked the MRAPs for another day.

The 3 Amigos ... lol!

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3 Responses

  1. Great post. Iraq is getting a late winter rainfall and low temps I haven’t seen in years. We got frost on the ground and vehicles overnight and some places flooded. No fun. At least you get some paved highways, we still have a lot of dirt roads (sigh).

    Godspeed. I’ll follow your blog from time to time.

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  3. “Otherwise, someone would complain about the occupiers or infidels purposely splashing the people. These are the opportunities that the Taliban look for so they can dissuade opinion against the coalition forces. But instead, we practiced good Counterinsurgency (COIN) principles and did not soak any innocent bystanders.”

    One of the best quotes I have seen. I am still quietly laughing as I read this.

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