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Old 06-01-2009   #41
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but it's a bit freaky...and what happened to Gian's chin?
Haha, thanks! I couldn't really help the chin too much without some editing!

BTW, it's a spoof of the recent NBA advertising campaign, in case you didn't know.
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Those are some bitch'n ideas
Hmmm, do we have a shrink on board yet
Present.
But what exactly do we need my head shrinking powers for??
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The D9! Oh man. In OIF III, we had a D9 at our patrol base for a few weeks (long story). The driver was scheduled to have the D9 leave the next day and I asked him to do one last task for us. He was adamant that he had to leave. That is, until I told him what I needed done. Our patrol base was smack dab in the middle of a violent city. 25 meters away from our patrol base was a row of abandoned houses that people loved to use as a staging point to attack us. My plan was to bulldoze the entire neighborhood and to overcompensate the owners, making it a win-win for us and them (we upgrade our force protection and they upgrade their bank accounts). When I explained what I wanted done, he froze, his eyes got real big, his cigarette fell from his lips, there was a long pause, and then he said, "sir, I will stay here for as long as it takes if I can drive that dozer through a row of buildings." Unfortunately, my brilliant plan was quickly rejected by whomever handles the money at BDE (but my Bn XO, God bless him, actually argued on my behalf). That definitely would have made for a great video to show among friends on a Friday night, but a PR disaster if it were to get onto YouTube.
We leveled across from the gov center in Ramadi because of similar circumstances, our message was urban renewal to be replaced by a "park".
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I learned to drive the equivalent of a D9 when I was 12 years old. It's what made me originally want to be a tanker. Learned to grade and dig with that monster. Summer jobs in logging country for kids involve all kinds of cool gadgets.
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I learned to drive the equivalent of a D9 when I was 12 years old. It's what made me originally want to be a tanker. Learned to grade and dig with that monster. Summer jobs in logging country for kids involve all kinds of cool gadgets.
You got to play with a D9? Drat! At 12, low those many years ago, this is what I got stuck with!
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You got to play with a D9? Drat! At 12, low those many years ago, this is what I got stuck with!
I've got some two man saws that are 8 feet and 4 feet long. One summer I helped put in the roads, then the next year I ran choker. Never had the guts to ride the skidder down the mountain. When I was 15 I rodeoed log booms outside of B.C. But only for a few weeks.
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I've got some two man saws that are 8 feet and 4 feet long. One summer I helped put in the roads, then the next year I ran choker. Never had the guts to ride the skidder down the mountain. When I was 15 I rodeoed log booms outside of B.C. But only for a few weeks.
The summer camp I went to thought that it would "build character" if we were unpaid labour on building their log cabin canoe museum - 3 stories high!
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Bill, Dave,

When are we going to get those spiffy berets / caterpillar hates / T-shirts, etc.?
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All I need is a nice polo shirt with a Small Wars logo. That should create quite the tizzy on friday office hours around the old ivory tower.
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I vote for IntelTrooper's "Clear-Hold-Build" in any color as long as it's black.

As for my avatar, I'll bet Pete Abrams would be willing to work with us.
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Entropy maybe this is prophacy.....is the small wars concept running out of steam Maybe America only wants Big Wars...Is Gian the next Chief of Staff.....Is Wilf the next Sec Def?

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Maybe America only wants Big Wars...Is Gian the next Chief of Staff.....Is Wilf the next Sec Def?
You don't get to pick your Wars. Politicians do. Can't speak for Gian or know what's best for the US Army, but I do know that proficiency in fighting is the key to success in Big Wars and Small Wars, because both are Wars.
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Slap,

I feel, and it has been posited elsewhere, that America has the capability to be prepared for war fought on virtually any level of intensity or effort. Where we trip ourselves up is our acquisitions process is heavily geared towards equipping the force for war as we want it to happen, vice trying to achieve a balance of capabilities that can effectively deal with a broad and fluid range of employment. We seem to strive to have the highest speed, lowest drag widget. That superiority comes at a very high cost, and to what end?

One cannot 100% predict the future and it seems that many in government naively believe our opponents will fight on our terms. Granted, there are those that argue that having the absolute top of the line weapon systems deters our enemies. I agree that is true for some, but it will not deter them all, and those who are willing to take us on will make every effort to determine ways to either match or mitigate the superiority of our weapons or create scenarios in which they are irrelevant or impractical due to their complexity or lethality (our self imposed aversion to non-combatant casualties will always be a weapon to be used against us by less scrupulous opponents).

The US primarily should be highly proficient at employing forces to combat a peer like enemy because nearly all those proficiencies are still relevant when you are at war with men in sandals with AKs and RPGs. It’s mostly about the judicious and appropriate application of those proficiencies for each scenario, scenarios which will vary even within the same AO.
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Ahhhh Guys.....since this is the T-Shirt thread it was supposed to be humorous
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Ahhhh Guys.....since this is the T-Shirt thread it was supposed to be humorous
Too true Slap. Just forgot myself for a second, and I should have responded in a way befitting your comment.

...but me like Small Wars. Small Wars easy. Small Wars cheap and manageable if approached with a thimble full of common sense. Me no like Big Wars. Big Wars decisive. Big Wars no time for learning. Big Wars very serious. Me like Small Wars.

...and I might put that on a T-shirt just for me!
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I suffered a temporary serious attack...

So let's get back to threads.

We could really throw off the uninitiated if we avoid reference to SWJ and go with:

The Kitakidogo Social Club

“If you don’t know what it means, you just don’t know”

We might even need a snazzy logo/coat of arms like emblem to be embroidered on the breast of the inevitable polo shirt!
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Agree, Big Wars are Big Problems that we don't need.

However a coat of arms on a polo-shirt ain't half bad got a picture?
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I leave the real work to others!

Using my infinite Power Point skills I think I could come up with something rather dignified.
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I suffered a temporary serious attack...

So let's get back to threads.

We could really throw off the uninitiated if we avoid reference to SWJ and go with:

The Kitakidogo Social Club

“If you don’t know what it means, you just don’t know”

We might even need a snazzy logo/coat of arms like emblem to be embroidered on the breast of the inevitable polo shirt!
Crossed Masai lion spears and shields? Or Zulu shield, assegai, and knobkerrie?
or maybe Shaka?
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