WHEN A TEAM UNITES |
April 02, 2008
WHEN A TEAM UNITES
Name: Mike T.
Posting date: 4/2/08
Stationed in: Afghanistan
Milblog url: c/o bouhammer.com
What will be left of our original team is being moved to a remote location to start all over again. In a time of doubt, anxiety, and frustration the remainder of my team has united to literally stay alive in the harshest of conditions. I know we are neither the first nor the last team to have to deal with such issues, but this is my team and our problems.
A few days ago we were told of the situation and after the initial shock wore off we got together and started breaking off into our respective areas of expertise. We realized the magnitude of our situation and the total lack of support by our higher command. What basically has transpired in the past 72 hours is a situation of contempt, and distrust that those who are in command are making realistic decisions. We face a growing number of problems because of our location and an even greater lack of real operational support.
My team has pledged to see it through all the way, each step watching out for each other physically and mentally. We all come from very different backgrounds for one common cause; survival. No one of us is any less important than another, and true leadership and courage is transpiring at a rate I have never really witnessed before. This is the finest of the Army right here and right now. With our combined experiences both on the Army side and the civilian sector we may just be able to pull this thing off.
We are being moved to a remote location which is in the middle of some pretty bad areas. We are going to be fending for ourselves until people from our main base get into gear and realize what we are seeing at ground level. This is all being quarterbacked by people who have never seen the terrain, or simply drove through it with their heads tucked in their helmets. There are not many of us to pull this off, and in all honesty I am wondering why this plan was put into motion with so many questions unanswered.
I look at these guys with respect and pride; they are truly what America represents. We are stuck in a situation where once again the amateurs are calling the shots, and not really listening to what we, the guys on the ground, are saying about so many issues that have already shown their colors to us. We have tried to plug the holes in the wall, but some things are so far above us that we cannot do it all.
It got to a point today where we were all so frustrated that we started calling our new home "The Last Stand”. We decided which actors would play us if a movie was to be made about us, and I was very lucky. I got Jude Law, so hell, it couldn’t be that bad of a movie! We all know what we have gotten into, and respect that all of us are nervous and even scared about the situation. We all have many things to go home to and we only hope to do it together and in one piece.
In my last post I wrote about leadership and the lack of it in this area. Well, here it is in the flesh. I accept risk with this job, but I have a difficult time accepting stupidity. We are being kicked out the door with a note in our hands simply stating, “Hang on. We will get to you eventually." I guess the management has a very different outlook. What it is I am not at all sure. I asked when someone of significant rank would be joining us, to stay until this thing is completed; needless to say, there will not be anyone joining us. I think that should say something about the meat grinder we are being placed into.
As I said though, our team has formed a united front to combat the issues at hand, and I think that in time we will prevail. Courage comes in many forms; this is truly the purest of forms -- to go out the door into the unknown with little or no support, at someone else’s convenience and to serve their agenda. Right now we are killing time and mentally preparing ourselves for what is to be.
If you are coming to Afghanistan, prepare for this. It seems every day here we shift the focus to new problems without solving the ones we already have right in front of us. For those who have to pick up every day and venture out to fix these problems it seems impossible. For anyone who thinks that since the Marines are coming all will be better, you’re wrong. I have had the pleasure of working with the Marines, and where we are going I am glad they will be with us. But those poor bastards are simply joining the pool party.