Knee deep in the mud… no really!

Preparing for a Rainy Day
Preparing for a Rainy Day

Caption: Soldiers from 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recover a tractor trailer from a mire pit during the Vehicle Recovery Course Sept. 28, 2011, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The training is designed to challenge unit mechanics and prepare them for rainy season conditions in Afghanistan. (Courtesy of 125th Stryker Brigade Combat Team)

9 thoughts on “Knee deep in the mud… no really!”

  1. That reminds me of damage control school. The Chiefs put us into a sealed (from a people point of view) steel box, with holes in it, in a 12′ deep pool and told us to save the ship or drown. They then released the cable holding the box up. I ended up pretty wet (waist deep), but we got the holes plugged and the sinking stopped.

    At least these guys ain’t gonna drown in that mud.

    1. These ones won’t, but more than one tank crewman has drowned in streams.
      This looks like pretty good training to me; I’m glad to see it. The poor guys’ boots are going to be ruined, though. That is the problem with these newer boots.

    2. Esli, as we both know, streams are dangerous. Particularly so with any sort of flow and current. Flowing water can pin you and even with help from your buddies, you might not get up.

      Brad, I don’t remember what the trainer was called in NorVA. I was in Newport, RI the late summer of ’72 for QM ‘A’ school. Don’t remember a DC trainer when I was there. Newport had been a big Destroyer base, but there was hardly anything home ported there by the time I got there (I was told 6 ships were home ported there and the most I saw tied up there were two reserve cans). The OCS, Communications School, Destroyer School, and War College were the main denizens of Newport when I was there. There was still a supply center, but hardly saw anyone around it.

      I tried to spend as much time as I could out on the bay in sail boat. Several of the officers thought I was a baby faced Ensign and asked if I was there for Comm School. I was the only enlisted puke that seemed to have any interest in sailing while I was there.

  2. I see the paint is starting to come off the fender of the tractor, showing the original color beneath. Zounds, but Ford made a lot of red Louisvilles.

  3. Reminds me of the Recovery Phase of Junior Motor Officers Course at FT Knox, KY in 1984. Kentucky mud in the winter!

    Or Hohenfels training area during the tradiaiotnal January thaw…had to do this on GOER and a 5 ton fuel truck when I was a support platoon leader.

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