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Elements of the 1st Armored Division might not make it all the way to Iraq this year. While they wait, the troops seek "console" - ation:
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Ernest Gentry, a 21-year-old Texas native, was staring wide-eyed at a video game, mesmerized by the images of a futuristic gun battle designed to kill alien religious zealots trying to destroy the human race.If "waiting to watch a copy of the movie “Roadhouse”" doesn't define boredom I don't know what does. (And if you're that bored, try memorizing some Chuck Norris Facts. Not only are they useful conversation starters, they look great on annual performance reports.)
“Whoa. … That was violent. That was pretty cool,” Gentry, a private first class, said as he and several others watched and played the video game, called Halo, at the recreation tent here on a training base south of the Iraqi border.
The shoot-’em-up video game could be as close as Gentry gets to combat this year. As one of the nearly 3,500 troops with the Baumholder, Germany-based 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade, Gentry has been here for nearly two months while his unit, originally expected to go into Iraq, has been in a holding pattern — deployed and away from home, but outside Iraq with no enemy nearby.
As a result, video games are just one of many nonmilitary activities that the soldiers here devise to help pass the time between their ongoing training drills and maintenance programs.
“Our biggest challenge here is just trying to fight boredom,” said Spc. John Holt, a 27-year-old medic, as he was waiting to watch a copy of the movie “Roadhouse” on one of the televisions at the newly expanded facility for Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
But don't misunderstand, that's what the soldiers are doing in their off-duty time (and they'd likely be doing he same in Iraq). On duty, they train and prepare.
[Lt. Col. Rich] Anderson said the commanders continue to plan for a range of possible missions that may include bringing the entire brigade or a portion of it into Iraq later this year. Formally, Army officials say the 2nd Brigade should expect to stay in Kuwait for an entire year, serving as a rapid response force for any regional crisis in Iraq.The Brigade's position is a result of the cautious, methodical approach to drawdown in Iraq. Hopefully they won't be needed there anytime soon, and boredom and the Covenant will be the toughest enemies they face.
Sure, its possible that the Brigade is waiting to go into Iraq, its also possible that the Brigade is one of but the first of a few that will be waiting to be detoured into you-know-where.
Just pure speculation.Posted by Matthew at February 1, 2006 07:53 PM
Well I for one am hoping that the Iron Soldiers of 2nd BDE enjoy a nice boring tour this time around.Posted by SSG_K at February 2, 2006 01:42 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)