Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wednesday by the numbers

16,000 - the sets of body armor being recalled by the Department of Army, according to

19 - the predicted temperature for North Florida tomorrow morning. We have activated the 3 "p"s plan: pipes, plants and pets. All will be covered or inside tonight.

2 - the number of bird feeders that need to be filled before the cold snap.

1 - inch, the amount snow on the ground at Ft. Bragg today.

Lots of interesting news coming out of Ft. Bragg today, but I have to check with my NCOIC to see if any of it is post worthy. Hint, hint: read the post about the Army requiring soldiers to carry too much weight.


Anonymous said...

I have heard that many troops were assigned very old body armor and there is a serious need for updated/ new & safer equipment.
I think this is an issue that is highly under-recognized and it is something that should have more attention drawn to it. I think this is something that the Government really needs to think about putting more money into, especially as we up our troop numbers in Afghanistan.

ABNPOPPA said...

I heard about the body armor also. What I can't understand is why President Obama is asking DOD to cut 10% from the budget when our sons and daughters are carrying to much weight and faulty body armor.

Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.

ABNPOPPA said...

Come on 'dad, give us the hot skinny!

MightyMom said...

Carter had 1/2 of the lightbulbs on all military bases unscrewed so as to save energy....

I'm waiting for Obama's equivalent.

(my source is Subvet...who had the joy of working in the dim light for 4 years)

Airborne dad said...


I hadn't heard about the DoD cuts. Doesn't make sense in this environment.

And H.L.,

The readiness of the equipment is huge issue. The up-armored Humvees don't last long. During the last deployment, the soldiers ran out of AA batteries, so the parents/spouses/and relatives had to send them.