Company F Deployment Update· Tags: Army Ranger, Brain Genz, Co F (Ranger) 425th Infantry, deployment, Ft. Lewis, Iraq
Greetings from F Company
We hope this note finds you and your family well. After a busy couple of months at Ft. Lewis, it’s time to move on to the next stop in our journey. The men trained hard and stayed focused on getting themselves and the whole team ready for the deployment. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from all of the folks we interacted with. It was great to have a four-day pass with our families…That was a well-deserved break that meant a lot to everyone.
What Comes Next
- We’ll be moving to an interim location before heading to Iraq. Our advance party (ADVON) is already on the ground there, and they tell us the phone and email is not widely available at their location, especially during sand storms.
- We expect the communications to be limited for a little over a week while we conduct some final training at the interim location.
- After we complete that training, we’ll move to our final destination.
- When we arrive, we will begin “Left Seat / Right Seat” activities where the unit we’re replacing orients us to the environment we’ll be working in.
- We’ll do our best to send some updates over the next week or so while Soldiers have limited access to phone and internet.
Please remember that the leaders of F Company, starting with the Commander and First Sergeant through every level of our organization, are committed to two things:
- We will do everything we can, every day, to ensure that we bring each man home safely to his family and loved ones.
- While we are taking care of each other overseas, we will work hard to add value and perform our duties to the highest standard possible
When we all focus on those basics overseas, we will stay focused as one team moving in the right direction
Thank you for all of the support we receive from our families. We could do this challenging job without you!
And still more recent news:
Kuwait is the “Theater Gateway” for troops headed to Iraq or Afghanistan. The first couple of days on the ground are supposed to be “down days” to give Soldiers a chance to get adjusted to the climate. It’s 2 am on Monday, July 13th as I’m writing this–Saturday and Sunday were the down days for us. The guys got situated in the air-conditioned tents, & had a chance to catch up on some sleep and get the body clock adjusted to the local time.
Today, Monday the 13th, we start a series of training events including mandatory briefings, MRAP driver training (these are the mine-resistant vehicles that make up part of our vehicle inventory in country), some quick range time for shooting / zeroing our weapons, and some general classes. The majority of this training is scheduled for “normal business hours”, so Soldiers should be able to continue getting acclimatized and adjusted to this environment.
The weather here is about what we expected…Kind of like someone blowing a giant hair dryer at you all day…windy and 130 degrees, with lots of sand blowing all over. Other guys have said that it feels like standing behind a C-130 (aircraft) with the exhaust blowing hot air.
When the guys aren’t training, a lot of them are going to the gym, the 24 hour PX, the recreation center (There are movie stations and a few X-Box 360 stations.) Most people will be over the jet lag in the next day or so, I think. There are a lot (and I mean a LOT) of rules in Kuwait. Everyone is being a good sport about playing along and staying focused on getting through Kuwait to our final destination ready to work.
As with the last major movement, we’ve told everyone not to discuss timelines / details. In general, I expect to be in Kuwait for a little over a week. We’ll send confirmation once we’ve arrived at our final destination.
Our first two Soldiers, SGT Beaver and SGT Tinkham, have already pushed up north to our final destination in order to get started on the inventories of equipment we’re falling in on. We also have some follow-on personnel that moved to Ft. Benning on July 11th. They will be at the CRC (facility for individual mobilizations) for a little over a week, then moving to Kuwait. We’re looking forward to the gang getting back together soon!
I hope everyone has a good week!