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Originally posted by runetang
yep, first thing i noticed were the helmets.
i was like wait a second, normal convoys around here do not have soldiers driving with helmets, they have caps on, like they wear around base. green caps at that.
i tried so hard to get pics! three times! when you're moving at that speed, a dinky camera phone just can't capture anything but a blur. ah well..
what id like to see is if by the end of the day anyone else who lives to my north and north west notices any such convoys of this nature. then we'd have a better indication of where they're actually headed.
about 30 minutes before i saw the convoy, i saw what looked to be some kind of combat patrol boat, it was on the bed of a giant truck with oversized load signs and blinkers, with a humvee following with an oversize load sign. i wonder if its coincidence?
[edit on 9/30/2008 by runetang]
I dont foresee them following orders too long.
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.
Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.
It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.
But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.
“Right now, the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,” said Army Col. Louis Vogler, chief of NorthCom future operations. “Now, the plan is to assign a force every year.”
The command is at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., but the soldiers with 1st BCT, who returned in April after 15 months in Iraq, will operate out of their home post at Fort Stewart, Ga., where they’ll be able to go to school, spend time with their families and train for their new homeland mission as well as the counterinsurgency mission in the war zones.
A non-lethal crowd control package fielded to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, described in the original version of this story, is intended for use on deployments to the war zone, not in the U.S., as previously stated.
Originally posted by dgtempe
Our men and women are not STUPID. They may be here and they may have orders but it will not last!!! This is their country and this is where they come from!!!
This is where their allegiance lies. I dont foresee them following orders too long.
Mark my words!
Originally posted by prevenge
so.. you were passing them doing 60mph FASTER than them?
couldn't you have just kept pace for a second?
or even going atiny bit slower or faster wouldnt cause much a blur.
go back in time and take pics plz.
Originally posted by runetang
PS: they looked hardcore, big built jarhead types with cold straight looks on their faces. freshly shaven heads etc, from what i saw on the sides of the helmet.
Originally posted by Lebowski achiever
reply to post by runetang
Scary stuff. That they were all armed to the teeth does worry me to say the least.
Originally posted by rcwj75
.. but marshall law...not happening.
.... NOTHING to worry about at this point!!!
...Up here in Canada, we are all watching with baited breath to see what becomes of those poor Americans. We feel really bad for what is happening to you.