Yesterday we ran through tactics. Basically we learned how to be an asset in a fire team in the event we take fire from insurgents. It was a long tough day. I chose to wear my full body armor, which weighs in at around 40 pounds. I'm very sore and tired. I'm not sure how some of the other folks are making it. I've lost 27 pounds since the first of the year and shaved a full minute off my 1.5 mile run time. I look around me and we have some really old National Guardsmen, and Reserves here, plus some rather hefty out of shape folks.
Tonight my squad heads out for night operations. New Jersey is in a winter weather watch. They are calling for flash floods tonight and 1-3 inches of snow in the morning. THIS WILL BE THE BEST TRAINING FOR IRAQ EVER! Snow and Rain!
Later this week we learn Urban warfare...with paint guns. I've already informed everyone that my feelings will be hurt, and I'd probably start crying if someone hit me with their paint gun. I also told them I would drop my gun and engage in hand to hand combat if they hit me...!