Saturday, March 19, 2016
This afternoon I finished turning in my Army field gear, all the stuff we use to carry ammo, equipment and food, as well as the our tent and sleeping bag. More properly our sleeping bag system.
Of the more than 100 pieces of field gear the Army gave me since 2007, I turned it all in except two ammo pouches. I had to pay for them. Today I got a Turkey Hill money order for $41.26 to reimburse the Army for my missing ammo pouches.
My other discrepancy was my sleeping bag system consisting of five pieces: two sleeping bags, two carry bags and a cover. I had all of the pieces, but they were green. They have been green since 2007 when I received them. They will continue to be green until they wear out. But my clothing record says my sleeping bag system should be black.
Sooooooooooo. That's a problem.
In fact, I had to write a statement swearing before two witnesses in the presence of an officer that my sleeping bag is green.
Which I did, "I Solemnly Swear My Sleep Bag is Green".
This form I filled in is a Department of the Army form 2823. It is a sworn statement about anything. Usually loss. The supply clerk told me he helped to fill out a sworn statement for a soldier who lost the 'scope sight on his rifle. That was serious.
During the 44 years I have been in and out of the Army, I have never filled out a sworn statement before. I never lost a truck, or a tank, or a machine gun.
At this second-to-last drill weekend, I finally filled in a sworn statement to attest to the color of my sleeping bag. It is green. I swear!
A proper end to a long career!