Coming off the Memorial weekend, some of the men seem refreshed and ready to continue the pre-deployment phases. I, on the other hand, just want to go back to bed. It was going to be a short week, so I anticipated that every day would be saturated with an extensive outline of events. After an excellent physical training session at the local YMCA, the squad received the brief of the day.
Our first objective was to make way to the Evergreen Theater for more deployment briefings. This brief was more intriguing and essential for deployment success. Some of the topics that were discussed: laws of war, rules of engagement, new developments and political arena and other vital issues. Retrospectively speaking, the information disseminated could be readily incorporated into daily combat situations.
The next day’s task was to conduct a 12-mile road march within four hours. A breeze, right? In the past month, we had completed two other road marches. Those road marches dealt a devastating and shocking result on some of the guys’ feet, but nobody quit, and we finished ahead of time given by our Platoon Sergeant.
Going on these road marches is substantially similar to the way. Going on these road marches is substantially identical to the way I strategize while running a marathon. Breathing, hydration, and excretion of kinetic energy play essential roles in success.
The first part of the road march, everyone showed evidence of good momentum. When we hit mile six at 1:40:00 I finally sensed that I needed to start focusing on the mental aspect of the road march. On the way back I knew that I either needed to divulge myself in dialogue or concentrated on happy thoughts. I elected talking to one of my buddies; it helped immensely.
The one thing that I never look forward to is ceremonies because every ceremony means rehearsal and standing around. General Dubik gave a remarkable emotional speech; you could hear him choke up in between presenting this speech. To me, that meant a real man was standing in front of a sharing with us how he really felt about the man he served.
The farewell ceremony put the deployment further into perspective, drawing the deployment date closer on the calendar. The way I see it now, I need to take care of my household priorities, which means spending more time doing what I’ve put off when I get lazy. Instead of saying “I’ll do it tomorrow,” I need to get it done now.
Soon, time will be up, and I’ll be knee-deep in combat again doing what I signed up for fighting the bad guys next to my brothers.
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