Hello again. I haven't posted in almost a year, but with a little over a mile walk to the nearest computer center in 110+ temperatures I really haven't been all that motivated to get online. My curent mission takes me to a base that has wifi in the transient tents and I've already chatted with my wife and son and bought all my surefire bulbs and mounts and stuff that the supply pogues can never seem to get for us so I figured I'd drop everybody at gun and game a line. I can't tell you much because of OPSEC but I'll give you a general update. I'm running convoy security missions somewhere in Iraq...like almost everybody else. I talked them into switching me to a gunner spot. I'm in an M1117. Which is armed with a MK19, an M48 (a newer version of the M2 which is setup to fire electronicaly... they added a safety, took the handles off the back, and replaced the charging handle with a pull cable), an M240B, and my M4. The 1117 Armored Security Vehicle is a pretty neat truck. It looks like a smaller version of a Stryker. Pretty much, you're supposed to sit down inside the turret with the hatch closed and use the parascope windows to see around it and the sighting parascope to fire...but as usual it sounds better than it is so we mostly stick our heads out the hatch so we can actualy see what's around us. It's been pretty quiet where I am relatively speaking. A lot of the guys in my unit were here at the same base we operate out of in '05 and they said it was like the wild west back then. We haven't seen any major fighting but we still have the summer months coming up. They say these little buggars get more active the hotter it gets. Most of our deployment so far has been the train up. We spent 6 months training in the states before we even hit Kuwait. It must've worked though because we haven't ran into anything yet that we couldn't handle almost on instinct. Anyway, That's what I've been up to. Convoy Security with a Field Artillery unit. I'll probably be here for a few more days so if the wifi signal gets better I might be able to post some pics.