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MPs handcuff, detain National Guard chaplain in Kuwait ... for wearing headphones

In any event they sneaked up behind me when I was on a staircase and disruptors already placed.

One of my big pet hates is being disturbed on a manual. It’s the only bit of peace we get on a task FFS.

The other is people standing on cables.
 
We had 2 in theater-

Green Zone- had to turn in your roscoe at your unit and ride the to the GZ in the Rhino bus where no alcohol or real fun to be had, other than play Rocket/Mortar dodge. Usually Enlisted men sent here. No civvie clothes either. had a Joe actually call us to come pick him up 4 days early while we were on patrol and bring his M4. Another lad from a Massachusetts Arty unit got drunk (somehow) stole a HMMWV , crashed out the gate and found dead under the flipped over vehicle on Rte Irish and brought to Yarmouk hospital by locals. A Patrol from 2/156 INF recovered his remains the same night after multiple calls from the hospital to the CMOC.

Qatar- Officers only (Once in a very long times a FES-Filthy Enlisted Swine would be allowed there) , Civvie clothes allowed, alcohol available, fun
In 2005 and 2006, my comrades were being sent from the Green Zone (MNF-I and MNSTC-I) to Kuwait for a fortnight. They chaps and chapesses I worked with were all officers (captains through to full birds), but I got the impression enlisted were also going. Stayed in uniform, definitely no booze, and constant refrains from camp management that the beatings would continue until they learned how to pretend they were enjoying themselves.... I know some of the more senior amongst them managed to decline going, as they would rather stay with the rest of us in the GZ than go to party town.
 
Qatar- Officers only (Once in a very long times a FES-Filthy Enlisted Swine would be allowed there) , Civvie clothes allowed, alcohol available, fun
I stayed in the camp in Qatar for 3 days we had to get a ration card from the British delegation to get 3 drinks a night from the yanks. I found out afterwards that the British delegation also had a bar where the 3 drink limit was viewed as a guideline. A guideline for lightweights.
I didn't go off the camp, but I thought it was a bit quiet, Buering had fast food joints, internet cafes and shops selling everything from big **** off swords to Harley Davidsons.
 
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HE117

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One of my big pet hates is being disturbed on a manual. It’s the only bit of peace we get on a task FFS.

The other is people standing on cables.
Yep.. I recall going up to a post disrupted device, and having poked it about a bit with my CV tool (fnar, fnar etc..) made a broad comment to myself out loud "...just a load of bollox" or words to that effect. What I was not expecting was to have it replied to in the affirmative! Just about made me jump out of the boom suit!

My new infantry escort was standing in a doorway hard targeting about four feet away.. apparently his CSM had told him to make sure he looked after ATO, which was very reassuring however we did have a procedural run through of roles on an incident, and my No 2 was reminded to keep him on a leash the next time!

My other recollection of a brush with the internal authorities was in KAF at the time when the camp was being handed over from US to NATO command. The smokies were having a bit of trouble understanding this, and had to be reminded at times, occasionally kinetically!

I was having a bit of a storage problem and was looking to extend the ammo compound for some temporary locations between the back fence of the depot and the camp perimeter. According to the rules we needed to have a site meeting between the various agencies before we could go ahead. One of these was the need to maintain site security so we invited the Int/sy SNCO along to comment. As part of the inspection, he wandered up to the peri fence and gave it a shake to confirm it was "secure".

About five minutes later a pickup full of smokies arrive who handcuff the Sy adviser at gunpoint and haul him off to "the stockade"... we had to rescue him about an hour later (we were busy you understand..!)
 
made a broad comment to myself out loud "...just a load of bollox"

I did exactly that dealing with a suspect device in Boston, Lincs. It was a silver case left on an outside table at McDonalds. Concerns were raised because McDonalds had received negative press recently. Lincs Police attended and while deciding what do to received another call, they promptly picked up the case, chucked it in the boot of their car and sped off. Several hours later, at the end of the shift, they called it in to get a tick in the box. The case was hastily lobbed into the unloading bay in the Police car park.

When I made my comment I didnt realise there was an Inspector in the shadows, he started to have a go at me and an argument ensued, in the end I told him to report it up his chain and id report it up mine.

I never bothered, just put it down to experience, however the Inspector was probably worried he was in the shít. I received a call from the OC summoning me to Ashchurch. Unfortunately Tidworth Tp were in the shít, as were Ashchurch, Nottingham was the straw that broke the camels back when the CO received a complaint about me. The saving grace was that the Chief Constable of Lincs Police addressed it Lt & not Lt Col. It was the strangest bollocking I've received as the OC kept laughing.
 

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Yep.. I recall going up to a post disrupted device, and having poked it about a bit with my CV tool (fnar, fnar etc..) made a broad comment to myself out loud "...just a load of bollox" or words to that effect. What I was not expecting was to have it replied to in the affirmative! Just about made me jump out of the boom suit!

My new infantry escort was standing in a doorway hard targeting about four feet away.. apparently his CSM had told him to make sure he looked after ATO, which was very reassuring however we did have a procedural run through of roles on an incident, and my No 2 was reminded to keep him on a leash the next time!

My other recollection of a brush with the internal authorities was in KAF at the time when the camp was being handed over from US to NATO command. The smokies were having a bit of trouble understanding this, and had to be reminded at times, occasionally kinetically!

I was having a bit of a storage problem and was looking to extend the ammo compound for some temporary locations between the back fence of the depot and the camp perimeter. According to the rules we needed to have a site meeting between the various agencies before we could go ahead. One of these was the need to maintain site security so we invited the Int/sy SNCO along to comment. As part of the inspection, he wandered up to the peri fence and gave it a shake to confirm it was "secure".

About five minutes later a pickup full of smokies arrive who handcuff the Sy adviser at gunpoint and haul him off to "the stockade"... we had to rescue him about an hour later (we were busy you understand..!)
I was in country during the hand over. Actually in charge of the Badging Office. We lost out to some Canadian Company called ATCO that offered to keep us on and pay wages suitable for newspaper delivery boys. I politely declined. @Chodmeister was my 2IC,
 
When I was based there in Telic 11 the MPs were always stopping us and taking our details for not wearing lumi belts.
I often wondered what happened when they passed our fictitious names and ranks to the British unit based there.
Were you with your 4 oppos Grey, Green, Brown & Oakover?
 

HE117

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I was in country during the hand over. Actually in charge of the Badging Office. We lost out to some Canadian Company called ATCO that offered to keep us on and pay wages suitable for newspaper delivery boys. I politely declined. @Chodmeister was my 2IC,
was that in TLS?
 
Taps? That weird thing where they all turn to the flag at a certain time?
The Navy do something similar at HMS Nelson.
The ******* weirdos
QDG 'bugled???' breakfast for the horses which I found out when I had the misfortune of spending a couple of weeks at Wolfenbuttel. Duty bugler had to hit the first note bang on the hour otherwise the Provost Sgt (a **** amongst cnuts) would be patiently waiting to escort him to the RSM's office by the time the last note was echoing around the quadrangle.
 
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