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Out Cold by tanikel Out Cold by tanikel

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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methowwolf Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tanikel Mar 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
Poor commo guy didn't know what we were all laughing at when he woke up.  :evillaugh:
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.....

? & ?
tanikel Mar 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
I was quick to learn that quote, haha.  Those were some rough patrols. 
Thanks for your service!
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.
tanikel Mar 4, 2014  Professional 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. 
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.
tanikel Mar 4, 2014  Professional 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.
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.
tanikel Mar 4, 2014  Professional 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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