Veterans’ Tales by Allen Ness
I spent the first half of 1998 in Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multi-Force Observers. It was an awesome deployment, great training that we made up ourselves and absolutely amazing time off. 23 days of one squad all alone on a remote site, patrols, training, guard duty, all opportunities to build on the basics. Then two weeks of challenging training, live fires, maneuver live fires, marksmanship, physically brutal stuff late left you full of piss and vinegar after a good nights sleep. Then a week of travel, Cairo, the pyramids, Israel, the Holy Land, Jordan… It was the final fun peacetime deployment I had. After that it was shithole after shithole if I can accurately borrow President Trumps description.
I was a Sergeant First Class with nine years time in service, I had a habit of walking hard heeled down the…
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