So it's been awhile since I've posted again. But things are settling down here and I'm slowly but surely finding my own battle rhythm and time for me. (Which means I should be posting more.)
I'm working a little later schedule here now. Most of us are as we get closer to summer and the days get hotter and hotter. Night operations are better for us all the way around. Its easier on the equipment as well as the solders. Besides, we're the the Cavalry, we OWN the night. Especially when I'm wearing a camouflage uniform and a bright green reflective belt.
The last couple weeks have been pretty hectic. On the 12th of May we had a ceremony officially transferring the mission we're on from the 1st Battalion 160th Infantry to my unit, 1st Squadron 126th Cavalry. There were not a lot of Soldiers at the ceremony, most of the unit was on the road protecting convoys, or at least getting ready to head out. There wasn't much fan fair or hoopla either. The Chaplain said a prayer, the California soldiers lowered their state flag, then we raised our Michigan and Ohio flags. In normal Cav fashion Stetsons and Spurs we worn for the event. Of course that meant a good bit of picture taking and posing. There were smiles all around. After all, this was the moment we'd been prepping for for the last year and a half. Now we're here and finally on the mission. Just us, no other unit. Finally. Now for the easy part, counting down until the new guys get here.
Working a later shift has taken a bit to get used to. Instead of running out of hot water in the showers, there is no cold water (the water tanks outside have been heated by the sun by then). I have my first coffee of the day just before lunch. Breakfast is lunch, but there is no cereal or bacon, unless you want bacon on your cheeseburger. On a plus side, when I get to the gym late at night, it's basically empty and I can use whatever machines I want to without having to wait. That helps make up for those bacon cheese burgers. :)