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Air Assault!
Published on October 15, 2004 By chiprj In Photography
Here's another picture. It was taken in July 94. This one is from right after Day Zero of Air Assualt School. For those of you that have never been, Day Zero sucks. That's all, plain and simple, sucks.

We started by being lined up and loaded onto trucks. They drove us out to East Range where it was raining, as always (we used to say that if you were in East Range and it wasn't raining, you weren't really in East Range). When we got of the trucks, we had to do push ups for being too slow. Then we were lined up outside the sand pit. It took about 15 minutes to get into the sand pit because everything we did was either wrong or too slow. By the time we started PT in the pit, we were already pretty smoked. Then they took turns leading us in exercises. Each guy got the chance to lead us in 100 of something. Then the next and the next and the next. Within 2 minutes I no longer had a piece of me that wasn't completely covered in sand.

Then they moved us on to the obstacle course. We had to run between obstacles and run in place before and after we did each obstacle. The last obstacle every group had to do was the low crawl under barbed wire. The rain filled up the pits with water, so it was more of a low swim under barbed wire. Halfway through the obstacle, the instructors made us flip over and crawl on the back for a few feet and flip over again. When I got out, I had so much mud packed into my left eye that I couldn't open it until I'd finished the two-mile run.

After the pit, we were moved to the start of the two mile run. We were told that we had twenty minutes to get to the finish line. We had to do the run in boots and full (soaked) uniform and we weren't allowed to walk at all. They told us that there would be instructors along the route making sure that we didn't walk. The run route was a dirt road that started with the first mile going down hill to the bottom of a gulch. The second mile was back up the other side of the gulch. The kicker was that many of the people trying to get into the class had already failed to get in, but the trucks that would take us home were at the finish line. That sucked for those guys. They were told that if they didn't run, not only would they not get into the course this time, but they'd never be allowed to come back and a negative report would be sent to their units.

The run sucked, especially since I had to do it with one eye closed. But I made it well within the time limit. I was in! We then loaded up into trucks and came back to the division parade field. The other guy from my company and I walked back to B Quad together. When we got there, I dug out my camera and we took pictures.

So, here's a picture of me all muddy at the end of Day Zero.

Comments (Page 1)
on Oct 15, 2004
Ewwwww!!!  You dirty boy, you!!!!!!!!
on Oct 15, 2004
You dirty boy, you!!!!!!!!


That's right!
on Oct 15, 2004
Reply By: dharmagrlPosted: Friday, October 15, 2004Ewwwww!!! You dirty boy, you!!!!!!!!


Oh, and make your way down to my basketball post and get the sign up info... you're not getting out of joining up that easy!
on Oct 15, 2004
Can I use that picture as a screen saver Chiprj?
on Oct 15, 2004
he he he . . . Adrian liked this one, chip. He's come home looking about like that before . . . red Hawaiian dirt . . .
on Oct 15, 2004
Can I use that picture as a screen saver Chiprj?


Sure, I guess...

he he he . . . Adrian liked this one, chip. He's come home looking about like that before . . . red Hawaiian dirt . . .


Yep, I had uniforms that I couldn't wear anywhere other than the field. Stained permanently orange.
on Oct 15, 2004
Day Zero.......And they tell you its only ten days....well its eleven and yes Zero sucks lol.
Looks like you went in warm weather, yeah but I have lots of luck....most of it bad, and lucky me I got selected to go in the damn winter!
The rope, the "nut cracker" all of em are just great when.....a. you cant feel your hands. b. there is a lovely sheen of ice on the course. c. the instructers are just a pissed as you are to be out in the cold but they dont get to run and work up heat lol.
makes for a very long and oh so pleasent experiance lol. oh yes, and Blackhawk flights tend to be a bit chilly, but in winter here on Fort Campbell...well lets just say if I were to be stripped at that moment, from the waist down you may not be able to tell my gender!
on Oct 15, 2004
Looks like you went in warm weather, yeah but I have lots of luck....most of it bad, and lucky me I got selected to go in the damn winter!


That's right! There is no winter in Hawaii.

makes for a very long and oh so pleasent experiance lol. oh yes, and Blackhawk flights tend to be a bit chilly, but in winter here on Fort Campbell...well lets just say if I were to be stripped at that moment, from the waist down you may not be able to tell my gender!


Now that's COLD!!!
on Oct 16, 2004
That's right! There is no winter in Hawaii.


I'm off-topic here, so please forgive me . . . I miss fall and winter so much, and my family back in Texas is splitting the cost of airplane tickets with me for the kids and I to go back home during Christmas break, and the thing that has me most excited about the whole thing is the idea of needing to wear a sweater!
on Oct 16, 2004
I'm off-topic here, so please forgive me . . . I miss fall and winter so much, and my family back in Texas is splitting the cost of airplane tickets with me for the kids and I to go back home during Christmas break, and the thing that has me most excited about the whole thing is the idea of needing to wear a sweater!


There were times in Hawaii (the first time) when I did miss the cold and snow. But then I went to Korea. In the winter. I took only my summer weight uniforms and jungle boots in my luggage. I learned to be careful for what I wished for. HAHA!
on Oct 16, 2004
Heh heh, you got that right but whats done is done. Air Assault!
on Oct 16, 2004
Air Assault!


That's right, Air Assault!

On a side note, I still remember my roster number (I went over 10 years ago). 323. I'll never forget it.
on Oct 16, 2004
And I thought convent training was bad!!!
on Oct 16, 2004
But then I went to Korea. In the winter. I took only my summer weight uniforms and jungle boots in my luggage. I learned to be careful for what I wished for. HAHA


Hee hee hee........how'd ya like getting up to do pt when it's five degrees out......my favorite safety warning was always "be careful not to fall on the ice while you're running" WTF? At least most days over there it would warm up to thirty or so by the afternoon......
on Oct 16, 2004
Air Assault MOFO! # 30; 1st PSG. What a load of extra fun!
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