Count, Recount, and Recount

My private internet connectivity is working again.  I had no access for 24 hours.  Even when I am connected, the bandwidth is about the speed of drying paint, especially when it comes to uploading photographs.  As a backup, I visit the MWR building when I have no connectivity.  But last night it was slow too.  It took me 40 minutes to log into my email.  We are allowed 30 minutes, but if nobody is waiting, then we can stay on the computers longer.

Conducting inventories on MRAP's BII.

The past few days my team has been inventorying our property book items.  These are equipment items, radios, weapons, vehicles, etc. that are accountable and listed on what the Army terms a Property Book.  Our property book happens to be 12 pages long.  Our ETT leader initially signed for the items when the last Air Force team departed and

AF Major and MSgt tying down tarp.

prior to that, they signed from an Army team.  Well guess what?  All along we have maintained pretty strict accountability and could account for everything on the property book.  Good so far.  Now an ugly term enters the picture.  The Army acronym is (BII) or Basic Initial Issue or something like that.  Nobody told us about BII in reference to the

Army SFC looks over BII.

property book until we started transferring our items to our Army teammates.  Then all of sudden Technical Manuals (TMs) came into play and we were scrambling to find these additional items.  These included all the screwdrivers, jacks, chains, hoses, mounts, etc. that come with a vehicle.  It also included power supplies, cords, etc that accompany radios.

Ok, now after finding most everything, we had to draft up a shortage annex for the items we couldn’t find.  We opened sealed boxes and discovered the complete BII was not there.  Previously we signed for a brand new MRAP only to find out the BII was shorted.  So two of my teammates drafted up more shortage annexes.  Then the real fun started.  We had to lay everything out so our Army teammates could conduct an inventory.  After the inventory, the items were returned to storage areas.  But then a special team was flown here from another FOB and we do it all over again.  This is starting to get old.  But it didn’t end there, this team was inventorying for the property book signer and we had to do it all over again.  This is truly unique and must be categorized and filed under “Armyism”.

AF Major sporting new look.

Around the Camp:  The weather lately has been sunny and the temperatures have surged back into the 50’s.  Camp personnel are back to wearing shorts while jogging and visiting the gym.  I still have Florida blood flowing through me and haven’t braved the warmer temperatures with my shorts yet.  I am waiting for a sunny day so I can get some sun on my legs first so I don’t blind my campmates with my white legs.  Before long we should be able to play volleyball again.

The Air Force Major in the picture is a teammate from Fort Riley, but was tasked with a different mission when he arrived in country.  But since moving here, we get to see him on a daily basis and still consider him one of the original

New Zealand contractors play guitar outside.

teammates.  Not only does he sport his PT shorts, but he dons his protective gear with it.  Truly a Kodak moment.

My neighbors next door were also taking advantage of the warmer weather and strumming on their guitars.  They are a long way from home.  These contractors who are retired military originated from New Zealand.  Previously they participated in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and now are training the ANA soldiers.

Runt Runt is a boy.

I had another surprise today.  If you recall we recently discovered Bonnie was a boy.  Well guess what.  Runt Runt is also a boy!  The entire litter, Fat Boy, Bonnie, and Runt Runt are all boys.  The gate guard changed Bonnie’s name to Broke Leg, but I didn’t think that was too appropriate especially since he is doing rather well.  I think the leg was dislocated and has popped back into place.  When you see these puppies play and wrestle, you would never know he had a bum leg.

Today was “suit day” too.  We have an off post tailor who visits the camp and makes custom made suits for $60-$70.  Where else are you going to get a suit made for that price?  The quality is very good and he also makes tuxedos,

Perfect fit.

blazers, jackets, ties, and just about anything made of material.  One of my teammates had over a dozen suits and jackets made.  He is planning on retiring after this deployment and is making preparations for the transition.  I couldn’t resist these low prices and plan on doing the same thing.  So I ordered two suits too.  Just hope Mrs. T. will approve of the colors …. lol!


3 Responses

  1. The AF-Major should he not be wearing his PT Belt.? or is that a Army thing. 🙂

  2. I see that the inventories have not slowed down. Uhggg! I don’t miss that part!

  3. I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing.

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