19 May 2008

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 11 Jan 91

11 JAN 91

160171, 5T2, 2.1, 240/210, Peewee

Ops Normal. We've gone back to 8 hour crews after a week or so of 12 hour crews. The idea was to concentrate heavily on maintenance and inspect as many aircraft as possible, within their 100 hour phase cycle. Now we can fly another 100 hours without a major inspection. It was good to have something to do while I was med down. Our guys worked real hard. Even Spot and Irish agree.
Flew a basic section tactics hop today to start bringing the FNG up to speed. Saw some more guys from flight school, Jeff, Todd and Curt. Anyway, flew with PeeWee, Bean flew with the FNG. Did some low level and practiced hiding behind dust devils and small bushes. Flew by several Marine positions, that was fun. They wave and we get a chance to wave back. I think it helps them to know we're out here with them. I know I like it when I see the jets going overhead, heading north for patrol.
Chames went out and trained for aerial gunner. He has a good attitude and is up to speed on the history of the region. He's always cheerful and it is fun to work with him. Plus he has a good sense of humor.
Time for M&Ms.

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 10 Jan 91

10 JAN 91
Goofed around all day with Trimble GPS receivers, mount kits and antennas. There's finally an interest in this and I'm the only guy in the squadron smart on it, plus the XO. So I spent the day telling guys what it will and won't do. Plus deciding where it should be installed in the Huey. Plus getting more install kits. The units are hand held, but can be hard mounted, and wired with external power and external antennas. That provides better coverage from the constellation and doesn't burn through batteries. Fun stuff.
Leif is here, F.E. OIC for 775. We traded some notes and I tried to steal their binos, no luck. Perry's wife is here on a reporting trip and they'll get to spend a day or two together. He says they weren't going to let them check into the hotel because they didn't have a copy of their marriage license. What a backwards, screwed up country. What if we told them they couldn't observe their prsctices and religions while they were in our country? Sorry, no veils, no mosques. What a bunch of hypocrites. I wish we'd hurry up and figure out how to drill sideways.
Gonna fly some basic tactics tomorrow with PeeWee, Bean and the FNG. Should be fun. Weather is cooling down again. Maintenance push went well, birds are in good shape, especially Hueys. Tent is doing good too.

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 09 Jan 91

Another day, another chance to flai away with the rhetoric. Listened to the Baker_Aziz conference for a bit, what a bunch of b.s. I'm glad they met and stated their opinions, but why can't it be the U.N. meeting with Hussein. Maybe he's afraid to come out an play. My favorite line was that Iraq was going to attack Israel, hmmm, guess they really are crazy. If they do, they will probably get nuked. Or Israel may have to line up behind Russia or China.
Worked on inventory today. We should get the new flight suits this week. Our MAG has priority. They're also going to buy 600 ML-2s, good for everyone. Now I have to work on long johns and flight jackets, plus binos, more helmets, etc... Hindsight being 20/20, I might have been beter off flying less and getting more stuff while the checkbook is open? Naaaaaah.
Should be read to fly tomorrow!

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 08 Jan 91

08 JAN 91
Made a few phone calls, wrote some letters, read some mail. Almost done with the meds for the head cold.

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 07 Jan 91

07 JAN 91
Med down for a few days, seemed to have found a cold somewhere. Not much going on, provided moral support for shop and did some work on AWS material. Caught up on a few more projects. The Group CO likes the mike lite and forwarded my requisition letter, recommending that MALS open purchase about 4-500 of them. One small step. Teh desert flight suits are in at Wing, and we should get them this week. Next projects are cold weather gear and night vision gyro stabilized binos. Plus about 30 other things. Ahd they're finally interested in installing the GPS receivers, which, thank God, I have nothing to do with.

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 04 Jan 91

04 JAN 91
The Reserves continue to show up, an awful lot of old looking guys. The Hueys from New Orleans are here. Everyone assumes that our frag load will be lightened, but I figure they have their own folks to fly around.
I feel sorry for those recalled and having to leave their day job, but I guess that's part of the deal. We have the potential of being involuntarily extended, I read the other day that it is not a "volunteer" service anymore.. They'll let us go when they're ready