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111031-A-VB845-071

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division rests in a village
at Mullayan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2011. The 4-4 Cav. Soldiers had just completed
a long foot patrol. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)


Commo is such a hard job. ;p


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conscript900 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Well got to be well rested when the enemy could come out of no where.
Havnt run into any green on blue situations have you?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Photographer
I have, unfortunately. 
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conscript900 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I really cant see why those situations are occurring. I mean hell there are villages were they support the US and there are ones who are just full of hostility. 
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014   Photographer
There's a million and one reasons, many related to the enemy threatening the offender's loved ones to get the action done.  =/
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conscript900 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Its really unfortunate... Would love to talk about different subjects? maybe tactics?
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UnleashedHeathen Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute shot. Even the tough get sleepy. :)
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   Photographer
All the time, haha. 
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combat878 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I know I'm a civilian, but I've read enough army literature to be reasonably certain that's not how to use the radio...
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   Photographer
Lies!  :nuu: 
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combat878 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
But seriously, how did that happen? You'd think he'd notice...
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 21, 2014   Photographer
He was beyond knocked out - some of the other guys were sticking their fingers in his nose and other typical combat-arms shenanigans.  :lmao:
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ew. :iconhecknoplz:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014   Photographer
:evillaugh:
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combat878 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Well, if that's how you're gonna be about it (runs of crying like a baby...)
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 21, 2014   Photographer
=(
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DAWWWWW
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014   Photographer
Poor commo guy didn't know what we were all laughing at when he woke up.  :evillaugh:
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ericshuffman Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Lord almighty I KNOW that feeling wearing that ( well 504th Para 82 Airborne) uniform....

Why Stand when you can sit.
Why sit when you can lay down
Why stay awake when you are laying down.....

Eric
? & ?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014   Photographer
I was quick to learn that quote, haha.  Those were some rough patrols. 
Thanks for your service!
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ericshuffman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Yeah me too. Something "civilians" just don't quite understand. I did quite a few of those kinds of hurry up n wait patrols myself. many moons ago ( 1984-1991) and remember being young enough to think it was stupid and boring.. looking back I see how dumb I was not to understand how truly dangerous this world is and if i had know that prolly wouldn't have gotten ANY sleep.. Hell I remember sleeping inside a C-130 Jerky-bird and let me tell you THAT is an ACQUIRED skill set..
Thanks for serving us also.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Photographer
Hahaha, the C130s have gotten a little better about the jerkiness.  I'd rather fly those than commercial planes any day of the week, especially since we're able to get out and claim some real estate on the ground once we reach a certain height. 
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ericshuffman Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Well that IS the point isn't it? After all repossession of real-estate from someone who shouldn't have it is what Airborne is all about...
All The Way!
Still I remember seeing duct tape being used on them in places where duct tape shouldn't be used to hold things together.. even seen it on props... Now THATS a scarrrrrrry thing to see.
The one I liked most was the C-5. for one thing riding in one was like flying in a friggin skyscraper. even when it maneuvered ( slowly and with GREAT care) it was what I envision people used to feel on the old trans-oceanic cruise liners back in the day, where it's not so much you moving but the whole world moving with you inside it.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Photographer
That sounds frightening. o.o

The worst we had was a pair of pilots decided to play merry-go-chinook and then play tag when they found out one of the guys was scared shitless of flying.

I miss it, though. Used to sleep a couple hundred yards from the pad. Best sleep I ever got.
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ericshuffman Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
They did that in -47's??? I'm suprised they survived. I can see MAYBE doing it with a UH 1 or -60.. but NOT  a -47.
One of the most amazing things I learned was that the louder the background noise the deeper i slept. but when it's mostly quiet I will wake at the drop of  pin.. kinda funny how that worked.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Photographer
I think it's because they were contractors.  We had a crazy group running the birds out of my FOB. Holy crap, I'm the same way!  My first few months home, I couldn't sleep without some shoes in the dryer.  Not nearly the same, but the cacophony was the best lullaby. 
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Quick-Step Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
*chuckles* I feel sorry for his poor neck when he wakes up. I am assuming that's a camera mount on his helmet?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Photographer
It can be, but we mainly use it for our night vision goggles. One of our grunts used it to mount his GoPro during the day.
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Quick-Step Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist
GoPro is a gps device? Or is it something similar to an Ipod?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Photographer
It's a small video camera that some of the guys bought. Pretty nifty, but I couldn't justify getting one with my own money.
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Photo-Rhino Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really love this shot. I just had to log in and favorite it!

Must be nice to be able to knock out for an hour after walking around in the heat in all that gear!

What made me stop on this picture was how contorted he looks to some extent (and his radio phone thing stuck up his nose), yet is fast asleep.

On a side note, did the US Army recently switch to multi-cam? I've been seeing more of them wearing it When I fly through airports and bus terminals.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!

It definitely is, especially if you can get a shady spot during the summertime. You'd be surprised at how many awkward positions we can be found in once we can catch a few z's. xD

We did I think about two years ago. It's my favorite uniform. Felt almost like PJs once it was time to fly black to the states!
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Photo-Rhino Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So, the ACU camouflage is phasing out? Every time I saw people wearing them, they would have ISAF an patch on, so I figured that only special units got them. :P

Thanks for serving, and looking forward to seeing more works from you (military and non-military)!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Photographer
I wish! As far as I'm aware it's only for missions outside of the US.

Thank YOU! I'm definitely working on it, though I might no be able to do too many more military-related shoots until after May. Dx
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ThatzNice Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that there is a prank just waiting to happen. XD
Love this picture, it can't be easy doing what they do. Gotta catch some Zs eventually!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Photographer
We should have! xD
It isn't, especially when we do this weeks in a row.
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ThatzNice Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. I couldn't do that, I barely survived bandcamp. Hats off to you!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Photographer
When it's going on, we hate it. But afterwards...most of us miss the hell outta it.

Band camp...I tried that for two weeks during the summer for marching band, then I grew impatient and quit showing up. >.>
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ThatzNice Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was in the color guard part of the band (if anyone counts us as part of the band), and we had to use 10ft flags. the pole was a pain and the material on the flag was about 3lb. it's may not compare to what you guys have to carry, but for us it was heavy and cumbersome -___- not to mention our other equipment and full body costumes
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   Photographer
I couldn't imagine. I was never coordinated enough for something like that. xD
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SnowSoldier141 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man those patrols must be tiring...with the gear weight and carrying a weapon and it must be really hot over there...I'd pass out as soon as a got to base as well....
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Photographer
It is. I think it was a good two-mile walk to this compound.
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SnowSoldier141 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
God I would die...I like walking and all but weighed down with that much weight...That would suck.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Photographer
You eventually get used to it. My body armor started to feel light after about a month. xD
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SnowSoldier141 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What happens when you came home for some rest and visiting your family? Or when you go back to Afghanistan/Iraq were you still were used to it?

Sorry for all the questions he -.-'
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012   Photographer
I went on R&R in May and mainly just slept. My little boy ran me ragged those two weeks, haha. When I went back to Afghanistan, it was like I hadn't gone to leave at all. It's now that I'm back into the states for good that I'm having a hard time adjusting to garrison life and all of it's craziness. I'm still functioning as fast-paced as possible like when I was over there, but here...it's just waiting. And I'm not a patient person, lol.

I don't mind at all! Questions are definitely welcome. =D
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SnowSoldier141 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see you what you're saying. ^^ I'm not the most patient person ever either haha :D

And thank you for answering.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Photographer
They say that patience is a virtue...I don't know if I could wait that long to learn it! :lmao:
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chris-stahl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I remember those days! As an RTO you were supposed to have the mic to your ear whenever possible. You always convinced yourself you'd be able to hear it and wake up if it was near your ear.

Yeah, you never did! LOL
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tanikel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Photographer
Yup!
The other guys' oh-so-manly giggles woke him up not long after I shot this. :lmao:
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chris-stahl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No doubt. You tend to get paranoid around "the guys" when letting your guard down!
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