Budgets and Coffins

Today was a bad one – so many things happening all at once and I’m feeling the pressure.  I feel a bit like a spinning top and am experiencing that classic loneliness of command in that I have no-one I can vent to or confide in.  I have to stay cool and in control, keep a smile on my face and boost the rest of the lads when they are feeling the pressure. It’s bloody hard to do some days.

A BBIED (suicide bomber) walked into the middle of one of my convoys today, stuck in traffic on Route 1, and detonated. One guard KIA, 4 WIA (seriously).  Not long after, a truck on another convoy tripped an IED – damaged vehicle, nil injuries – and my guard force travelling from here to Ghazni were contacted by fairly heavy small arms fire – thankfully, no injuries.  The Int picture is building toward an inescapable conclusion: the Taliban are significantly stepping up operations against ISAF contracted convoys, probably as a precursor to a determined stance against the expected ISAF offensive here in Kandahar in June.

As this was all happening I was scratching my head on a budget reconciliation.  The whole exercise seemed kind of pointless to me given what was happening on the ground, and I found myself contemplating the budget line item simply titled ‘Coffins’.

ANZAC Day today.  No time to sit and ponder the meaning of the day as I have done every ANZAC Day for as long as I can remember. Just too busy.  We did, however, manage to get out of the Ops Room for a bit of 7.62mm therapy in the form of an instinctive shooting practice. Much hilarity and ribbing among the lads as the competitive sprit set in and a bit of cash rode on the results.  I lost my money.

I’m thinking a lot about home and L and the kids.  I miss them terribly and worry how they are coping without me.

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~ by Centurion on April 25, 2010.

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