In 1972 when I first enlisted in the Air Force, on my father's advice I volunteered for latrine duty. Back then, the guy with that job was called the Latrine Queen.
Yesterday was my day for barracks cleaning duty along with one of the medics. I cleaned the latrine, he swept the barracks and took out the trash. I told one of my 20-year-old roommates that I was Latrine Queen for a day. He said Latrine Queen was so out of date. No one says that anymore.
The job is the same. And he did not seem to know what replaced the royal title, but he knew that the old title was as gone as the Army Jeep.
My informant must be current on language. He occasionally drives his squad leader nuts by answering in the affirmative with a sound he said is "Yerrrrp." The foster son who lived with us last summer made a similar sound when he wanted to say yes and piss his mother off at the same moment. When he left, our other two boys fell under the strictest instructions never to make that s…
Here is a quick look at Home, Sweet, Home for the next week. My bunk is on the right out of the frame. There are two open bays, one for our company, one for Fox company. In the middle are the latrines. There are four showers, with doors!!! It's very odd to have any kind of built-in privacy in a barracks. This morning after breakfast all four stalls in the latrine were taken. That led to jokes about warm seats and people wishing aloud they had a gas mask.
Because the officers and senior enlisted are in another barracks, we have lots of room. Everyone has a lower bunk, for example.
The food is pretty good too. We have a real dining facility to eat in and for the cooks to use, not a field kitchen. Over the weekend we have a 48-hour training exercise, so we will get very tired, then drive home.
Later today will be a Humvee driving obstacle course. That should be serious fun!
CW2 Amanda Nesbitt and her son Dathan
Photo by Beth Cardwell Photography
CW2 Amanda Nesbitt
The Chinook is the fastest helicopter in service in the United States Army. Chief Warrant Officer 2 AmandaNesbitt, a Chinook pilot with Bravo Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, recently showed she is among the fastest soldiers on the ground also.
Nesbitt qualified for the All Guard Marathon Team at the Lincoln Nebraska Marathon held May 5, 2013.
“The top 15 women and the top 40 men qualified for the team,” said Nesbitt. “There was no qualifying time. The fastest runners made the team.”
Nesbitt ran the marathon in three hours and 43 minutes. She was 14th among the 15 women who qualified for the team.
“I just made it,” she said.
A feat she accomplished in with just six months of training that began less than a year after the birth of her son, Dathan.
Nesbitt is 29 years old and has been in the Army for 12 years. She enlisted in high school, first serving in a communications unit in Al…
Today is the 2nd official day of Army Summer Camp. Yesterday we packed for the drive from Central Pa. to Fort A.P. Hill just north of Richmond, Va. At Army Convoy speeds, the 250-mile trip was just over seven hours. I was in the back seat of a Humvee, very much feeling my advanced age in my screaming knees. I was stretching every way I could on the way down--much to the amusement of the three lieutenants who were the rest of the Humvee crew.
We made it despite my knees and were quickly unloaded into our barracks.
Yes barracks. For the eight days we are at A.P. Hill we will be in open bay barracks, not tents. That's luxury already, but these are cinderblock barracks, not wooden ones as old as I am. Even better they have AIR CONDITIONING!!
I don't have air conditioning at home!! My frugal wife opens and closes doors and windows and manages our whole-house fan so we don't incinerate. But I still like AC. Ahhhhh! Army luxury.