Thursday, July 17, 2008
Well, I finally finished my time out at the JSS's. On Tuesday I left Charlie Company and headed back to Camp Liberty on the LOGPAC. In essence, the LOGPAC is the means with which food, supplies, equipment, vehicle parts, and people are transported around to each of the different JSS's. A couple of times a week, I will be leading our Distribution platoon on these LOGPAC patrols. It takes several hours to plan and prepare for each one of these, which run at various times each day to ensure that the enemy cannot consistently track our movement. In the past, this has been one of the most common targets for enemy combatants. They look considerably different from a combat platoon because we use bigger vehicles and, in most cases, our supplies are visible to the naked eye. As a result, insurgents were able to attack our convoys and hinder our ability to transport the supplies needed at our Forward Operating Bases (FOB's) or JSS's. So, as you can see there are still some threats posing me every time I leave the wire. Unfortunately, this is also one aspect of Army life that is frequently overlooked. Most of these people are trained in their primary jobs ON TOP OF BEING AN INFANTRYMAN! All combat jobs usually focus on their maneuver and attack drills, which allow them to perfect their skills and abilities in the field of battle. However, support personnel must focus on how to efficiently conduct their daily responsibilities, as well as how to react to hostile contact from the enemy. Not an easy thing to do, and in many cases, a very thankless job. I ask that you continue to pray for all of us that are over here, regardless of our jobs, but please remember that even though some of our military personnel might not see direct combat on a frequent basis, they risk their lives daily to ensure that our combat personnel have all the resources needed to conduct their daily activities. Hope all is well on the home front. Take care.