Eight years ago, I was in a tent in Fort Polk, LA. We were on an MRE (Mission Readiness Exercise) training for our upcoming deployment. It was as if the whole world stopped, they radioed everyone and shut down the box (training area). We were pretty ...isolated so we took out one of the FLIR (forward looking infared) monitors out of an Avenger that was attached to our company and we made a field expedient antenna. It is almost surreal, even now, eight years after the fact. Oh how quickly some forget. I was motivated to write this after bringing one of the more recently wounded soldiers back to Walter Reed. Out front of the hospital there were at least 100 peop...le with signs and American flags. Standing out there all day in the pouring rain to have a chance to thank a vet.
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