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OT Member Ogami Deployed Middle East 2006

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#61 ilexx

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 12:22 PM

Stay safe!

#62 Mark

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Posted 07 December 2006 - 07:22 AM

Mark: Ogami posted notice of his first blog report on Apogee Message Board. I told him I intended to relay the link to Exisle, so that everyone could begin to keep up with his activities. I have more info than his blog contains, and I'll be happy to relay it to you as soon as I okay it with Ogami.
Since he's being deployed into an active battlezone, I doubt he'll be able to tell us too much, but he's going to be having a hard time, in a hard country, and we really all need to with him the best of luck, and give him any help we can.
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#63 Nittany Lioness

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:39 AM

Brief update on the calling cards issue -
apparently they don't work for Marines in Fallujah.  :(

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#64 Kosh

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 12:31 PM

My office is blocking Ogami's Blog. Probably because of the Host. I don't know for sure.

O, if you see this, and need something specific, drop me a PM, or have Mark do it. I'll see what I can do.

(Edited cause this information shouldn't be here. Thanks Anastashia!!)

Whereever you end up watch your @ss.

Edited by Kosh, 08 December 2006 - 02:28 PM.

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 01:35 PM

View PostKosh, on Dec 8 2006, 12:31 PM, said:

My office is blocking Ogami's Blog. Probably because of the Host. I don't know for sure.

O, if you see this, and need something specific, drop me a PM, or have Mark do it. I'll see what I can do.

(Edited cause this information shouldn't be here. Thanks Anastashia!!)

Whereever you end up watch your @ss.

He's heading to Afghanistan.






Edited to remove potential sensitive information and to match Kosh's post.

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Edited by Lover of Purple, 08 December 2006 - 02:33 PM.

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#66 Vapor Trails

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 01:38 PM

For Kosh and others who can't access Ogami's blog:

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December 3rd, 2006

I am fine. Sgt Raines got my internet functioning. This will work as long as I am in Fort Dix, New jersey. Here I will prepare for deploying to Afghanistan.

After reviewing the Army's posting guidelines for military blogs, I won't get more specific than that as to my overseas location. Nor am I to discuss things like routes taken, battle procedures, or anything else that might endanger the mission, myself, or others. For that reason, I probably won't be posting my military address, which I don't have yet anyway.

Instead, for those wanting to help out the troops, I can recommend the following charity I noticed recently, with some humor:

http://www.freedomisnotfree.com/

We have a brief break today on Sunday, we are back from the range. For the next seven days, we will be stuck out in tents with minimal amenities but a lot of training.

Yesterday I low-crawled and high-crawled through the sand around barriers while simulated weapons fire and incoming rounds made noise. I got very sandy and bruised, but I got to the top of the hill. We also did a squad march into an "Iraqi" town where I swept my lane and refrained from firing on some Iraqi civilians. They were real Iraqis, paid to help American soldiers to train not to shoot innocent townsfolk. ;)

I have my battle armor and have gotten used to wearing it and my helmet all day. After a few days you don't feel them.

It appears we will not be getting any fancier weapons than the M16s they handed to us here.

Of my company that I am shipping to Afghanistan with, almost all are veterans of some sort, the lowest rank is specialist. I now have all of my Specialist insignia, including insignia for my armor, so I look sharp. Just Specialists, NCOs, and officers. And everyone seems to be a computer expert, this is a bright bunch I am with.

I am with a fine group of professionals, many of them more professional than me, so I will have to raise my standards to truly feel like a soldier. But all proceeds well, and I am well fed.

Take care for now!

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#67 Kosh

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 02:25 PM

Thanks Saul!!
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#68 Kosh

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 04:51 PM

Thanks again Saul!!
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#69 Mark

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 05:04 PM

Mark: I got another message from, Ogami!  He said he'd been in the field for a week, and hopes to have another blog entry written soon...in fact, he's already got the blog posted. Ogami's Updated Blogsite
Let's wish the guy all the best!  :nod:

Edited by Mark, 12 December 2006 - 06:23 PM.

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 06:24 PM

Mark: I edited my post above because I hadn't discovered that Ogami had already updated his blog.   :blush:
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#71 Kimmer

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:48 PM

Thanks for the updates and the reminder to go read Ogami's blog.

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:50 PM

Yep, off to the blog.
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#73 Rhea

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:45 AM

View PostPickles, on Dec 12 2006, 04:48 PM, said:

Thanks for the updates and the reminder to go read Ogami's blog.
Yep.

And love your new avatar, Pickles.  :inlove:
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#74 Mark

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:53 AM

Mark: Oh, I forgot some of you couldn't access Ogami's blogsite, so here is his latest blog entry...

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December 11th, 2006

I just finished a very chilly week (9-30 degrees) in a tent at Fort Dix NJ. They want to prepare us for deploying to a warzone, so we got remedial training on all aspects of being a soldier, like being back in Basic again. But it's all good, though.

My nose is all swollen from combatives training from last night. When technology fails, you still want to be able to grapple someone trying to get you, choke them out, or break something. Our enemy thinks Americans are weak fighters because of our technology, well they are wrong. We've got them covered at 300 meters, 50 meters, or face to face. My nose will be okay. (I completed all my dental work last Friday.)

Saturday was the most challenging day I've had here so far, I had to qualify on four different ranges with my M16. I qualified the first try, with 28 out of 40 shots on pop up targets. This was my highest score ever, and the first time I passed while firing a portion of the rounds from the kneeling position. The next range was firing at targets with your gas mask on, and I had forgotten my eyeglass inserts for the mask. When my turn came, I strapped my gas mask on real tight over my glasses, and passes the test. Then there was night firing, where I approximated the dark target and passed. All this on a day with a windchill of 9 degrees, not fun at all. But a sense of accomplishment nonetheless.

Many of the people of my company are standoffish and don't like to talk to a FNG like me. This is to be expected however, as I read from my Vietnam books, Vets don't take to rookies until they've been in theater awhile. So the respect isn't there yet, but that's okay. Oddly enough, the friends I've made have been NCOs and the LT, Captains, and Chiefs. My fellow specialists are very nervous and high-strung, everybody was wound tight from camping last week. (Although they seem to be relaxing now that we're back in the warm barracks for our remainder here at Fort Dix.)

Don't let the Vets give you too hard of a time.
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:26 AM

View PostRhea, on Dec 12 2006, 10:45 PM, said:

And love your new avatar, Pickles.  :inlove:
:blush: Thanks. I "drew" it on my puter. Sneakers is giving me photoshop lessons.  :love:

#76 Rhea

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:36 AM

View PostPickles, on Dec 13 2006, 01:26 AM, said:

View PostRhea, on Dec 12 2006, 10:45 PM, said:

And love your new avatar, Pickles.  :inlove:
:blush: Thanks. I "drew" it on my puter. Sneakers is giving me photoshop lessons.  :love:


It's *so* Picasso. ;)
The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering.
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When I don’t understand, I have an unbearable itch to know why. - RAH


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#77 Mark

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 08:46 AM

Mark: I found this site while looking at the Department of Defense main website. If any of you are looking to support our troops (and apparently there are about to be more to support), go here, and pick from one of the many DOD recommended non-profit organizations to place your donation through.
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Edited by Mark, 20 December 2006 - 08:46 AM.

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