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February 4, 2014

Cold winters spent in Germany

I suppose most everyone is thinking snow, cold wind with our rather harsh winter so far. I was emailing a friend in Texas who was a good friend from San Diego. He and I were in high school together and he was a career Army officer and West Point graduate; me, I was a grunt and far from a West Point grad. John mentioned I should be glad I was not out and about on some mission in this weather and I agreed. But it did bring back some memories. Although I spent three years in Germany and none of it was anyone shooting at me, I did find it necessary to be out and about in the winter several times. Germany has basically the same type of winter weather as we do here in Indiana, so I was not unprepared for playing in the snow along with the rest of the 7th Army.

I have vivid memories of one rather elongated period of time spent out and about in the cold weather of Europe and Germany in particular. I was a Forward Air Controller so I was assigned a ¾-ton truck and it had a small metal camper type hut in the bed. It was much like a slide in pickup camper of today without any of the amenities the civilian type has. It was honestly a lot like the weather we have been having recently and miserable in the least. I was going all over our sector of Germany as I was in theory the controlling FAC team in the Division. But as I had found out earlier on working out of Division Artillery Headquarters for Division Headquarters and United States Air Force Europe no one, me included, had a good idea where I was supposed to be and when.

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