QUOTE (Crewsy Fixer @ 26th Jun 2011, 01:48am)
... as one returning mission pilot said,"its just like the movies"
Sometimes the movie in question might be "Catch 22"
My mate's brother; we'll call him Kenny, is going back for his 5th tour; when you can do 4 ...?
He's a specialist.
When he does his job he's brought in by helicopter with an Apache ridin' shotgun.
When he's not doing his job ... he does nothin'; doesn't get involved. Not my job.
One day on his last tour; let's say at an outpost called Camp Fort Bronx, they get a call in from a couple of guys up in the surrounding hills that they really could murder a cup of tea. So Kenny is asked to take a flask of tea to them; since he doesn't do a lot at Fort Bronx anyway. So he goes off with a squad in one of the base's Land Rovers which isn't fitted with bullet proofing 'cos it's only for use on and around the base (taxpayer's money). On the way they are ambushed from behind. The guy in the back of the wagon should be shootin' back but he's scrunched up in the corner as the bullets are whizzing in through the back and out the roof further forward.
"Shoot back," shouts Kenny.
"You effin' shoot back
", comes the reply.
"Not ma effin job M8", replies Kenny keepin his head down.
The procedure in this situation is to stop and evacuate the vehicle while returning fire.
The two guys covering the sides-to-front manage to return fire and the guy at the back was then up and firing; now that there wasn't a hail of fire over his head, and only then did the driver stop and then they all got out and fired intae them till they either fell or ran away; whichever.
Somebody asked Kenny if the flask wi' the tea was all right.
The base is fired on with an average 3 rockets a day. Old Russian or Chinese rockets which do little or no damage so when they come in; and the guys are lucky enough to get a 1 minute warning, they should hoof it to the nearest bunker but they just get down on the ground and burrow themselves a bit because they reckon they only damage you'll get from one is if it's a direct hit in your chest. The Apaches will pick up the source with their heat-seekers but if they are three kilometers away by the time the Apache gets there the Taliban are gone and the home-made launchers are destroyed.
Tomorrow might be the same.
But the money's good with lots of overtime and when you get back to somewhere in Europe
you can have a real ball for a couple of months and squeeze in some diamond time with the family too ... before you go back out.
I have photo's of the shot up wagon. You really can't make that up ... unless you're on the staff of Warner Bros.
Which I'm not.HEY KENNY,
Can you do that again ... but with less dust this time? And really
grin this time.
Pilot says it's just like the movies ... and nobody gets the joke.