|M-ATV (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) MRAP|
Its often that I don't get to sleep until late in the night. By that point, the clouds have moved out and the winds have died down. The nights in Logar, Afghanistan can be downright magical. The edge of the Milky Way is readily seen on most nights, as are the soldiers that move out for night operations (Night Ops).
|173d Airborne medic prepares for mission in his MRAP|
|173d Airborne soldier relaxes before mission|
So, in these few minutes before moving out they relax and have a smoke. They tell jokes (mostly at the expense of some poor unfortunate private) and deliver "your momma is soo...." jokes at a rate that sounds like a SAW going cyclic (for those non-military .. like only Vince Vaughn can do in movies like "Wedding Crashers".
|173d Airborne medic (foreground) moves out as huddle breaks|
|Last vehicle in convoy departs|