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Army Life: The Waiting Never Ends

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Army photo / Spc. Alexandra Campo

They say war is long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror – or maybe excitement. Two recent military photos illustrate the point. In one, a lonely soldier awaits attack by the enemy. In the second, hundreds of troops anxiously await the arrival of their command-in0-chief. Both, of course, involve long stretches of waiting.

In the first one, Army Private 1stClass Shane Cantu provides security during a combat operation outside Combat Outpost Charkh near the Kharwar mountain range in Afghanistan’s Logar province on August 23.

Army photo / Spc. Melissa Parrish

In the second, soldiers assigned to the 1st Armored Division wait to hear President Obama speak at Fort Bliss, Texas, on Aug. 31, with the Franklin Mountains looming in the background.

What caught Battleland’s eye is the similar topography, even though the two photographs were made eight days, and 8,000 miles, apart.

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OhJohnO
OhJohnO

From the 173rd ABCT: Five days after this photo [of PFC Cantu] was taken, he made the ultimate sacrifice. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to Shane's family and friends.

Thank you PFC Cantu for your sacrifice for our country.

Pat Carmody
Pat Carmody

he is from my hometown... very sad... the community gave him the homecoming that NO ONE deserves, except HIM ... so SO sad...

MaskedIntruder
MaskedIntruder

Mark Thompson who is leaking info now via pictures. Executive Order Mark Thompson  to be  sent  to Afghanistan to know the difference of the 2 mountain ranges and join the rest of the 'missing" journalist over there maybe be even beheaded. Remember David pearl. Love from STS  Ghost #6. See how good your intelligence is and see if a SEAL will cover your ass.

The_Gull
The_Gull

Yes, even in peacetime. One morning I waited in five lines before the day got going. In order: latrine line, chow line, mailroom line, check-cashing line, and cigarette-carton line. There might have been more but these I remember.

anonguest7619
anonguest7619

I always dread visits from VIPs. The ass pain required (inspections by everyone from the platoon sergeant to the brigade commander, formations 4 hours before he/she shows up) is not worth to hear yet another politician or high ranking officer give us a pep talk. you want to help morale? Take all of that time you would have sucked up and give us the time off.

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