17 March 2011,
We've been in Mississippi for almost a week now. Yes, the "at sea-level" low lands, marshes and swamps is the ideal training environment for 6,000 feet elevation in mountain warfare. They'll never know what hit them. This is the same place we trained out of in 2006 so I'm quite familiar with the scenery. The gang is still scattered with the four winds. The weather today was absolutely beautiful with a light breeze and temps at around 80, the humidity didn't seem bad or maybe it isn't warm enough yet.
Right now a lot of training by power point, but in the coming months we'll get plenty of hands-on training to go along with it. As usual I pack more than allowed but still not enough to accomplish everything I feel I need. I'm taking plenty of notes during the day on things I want to get done for my troops. I'm spending most of my time on this computer when we aren't training. The ideas are coming together slowly so maybe in 18 months or so I'll have a handle on what I'm doing. Like I usually say, "If you want to know what I'm doing come back tomorrow and I'll tell you what I did." Until then it's a surprise even to me.
The family says they are good, we figured out Skype and that's cool to be able to see them as well as talk to them.
Better get back to work, be safe and have a great day!