Saturday, February 18, 2006

Going To The Field

The Special Operations Command Civil Affairs course ends with a six-day field exercise that starts tomorrow, so I will likely be incommunicado for a few days.

For the past three days, the temperature here in North Carolina has gotten above seventy degrees. But the high temps for the weekend aren't expected to get much above 40, and it is supposed to rain throughout the week. But don't worry, we won't exactly be roughing it.

Apparently we are staying in tents with hard wood floors, cots, and heaters. Not exactly roughing it.

Also, instead of humping it through Camp McCall, we'll be driving in 13-passenger vans. Instead of twenty-four hour operations, for safety reasons we will pretty much end the exercise each day at sundown.

And because much of the exercise revolves around establishing CMOCs (Civil-Military Operations Centers), we'll need to have computer capabilities in order to email situation reports and FRAGOs.

So maybe I will not be as out of touch as expected. Either way, I don't think it will be as difficult as some of the more difficult field problems I experienced while on active duty.