Sunday, February 17, 2008

AEF Weekend

This past week went on a mock AEF (deployment). It was actually a lot of fun...unlike real deployments. The first day we set up some tents, learned how to carry people properly on a litter (stretcher), did a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital), and ate a lot of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). The MASH exercise was very interesting and fun. Interesting because it was amazing to see how efficient and effective the medical personnel can be in a deployed environment. Most of the medical officers here will be deployed within the next year, most likely to Balad Air Base in N. Iraq. If soldiers are injured and arrive at Balad safely, there is a 99% chance that they'll be airlifted to Germany and live. It was fun because I played a psycho patient and ran around with a gun until security took me down.
The second day we basically played on the high ropes course. We climbed walls, walked across poles 50 ft in the air, repelled down walls, and swung on a lot of ropes. It was quite fun. Thanks taxpayers!
"Hurry up and wait" outside the girls' tent during our mock deployment

By far the scariest obstacle in the about 50 feet up

Here I am on the big obstacle course.

We had to walk across a beam and jump onto the ropes....only 2 people sprained their ankles.

F-22s doing some fly-bys...very cool, and very loud.

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