Archive: October 2005

Fort Dix, Finally

After a long bus trip that began before sunrise in the drizzle in Richmond, we finally arrived at Fort Dix, N.J. around 14:15 on Friday, Oct. 21. The original plan was to fly up on our Black Hawks, but the weather was too nasty to risk having so many members of the unit on board. As soon as we arrived, before we were allowed to offload, we were introduced to the active duty Army by getting briefings on Fort Dix policies and contraband amnesty. Friday 21 OCT 05, Members of A Co 2/224th AVN ironically watch the movie 'We Were Soldiers' while riding the bus from Richmond, VA to Ft. Dix, NJ. (Bert Stover -- washingtonpost.com) View More Photos...

By Bert Stover | October 31, 2005; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (15)

The Unit Assembles

I woke up late yesterday. I'd intended an 05:20 wakeup, with an 05:45 departure from my parent's house to Richmond for my official report date. I didn't get out of the house until 06:20. I tore through the house grabbing toiletries and a day bag. I threw everything in my truck (which I have not sold yet), loaded with my duffles and black trunk. I almost started the truck when I realized I had not stopped in to give my mother and father a good-bye hug and kiss, even though they would meet me later in the day in Richmond for the commander's brief about the deployment. I ran upstairs calling "Mom..... Mom you up?" Though my mother would have liked our good-bye to last longer, I had to cut it short in order to get on the road, which turned out to be a good thing since it left...

By Bert Stover | October 19, 2005; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (33)

Fallen Ill and Time is Running Short.....

You may have noticed that I haven't blogged recently. I've been sick (with pneumonia) and lost not only blogging time, but time I'd intended to spend preparing for my departure next week to Fort Dix and training. I noticed that I had a sore throat last Saturday, but thought nothing of it. I continued to pack Monday, and also gave my mom more instructions on how to use e-mail and how to read this blog. (Things are coming along.) Tuesday, I woke up feeling like I'd been hit by a truck....

By Bert Stover | October 14, 2005; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (6)

Coming Home, Leaving Home

I finally made the trip down from D.C. to my parent's house, our home, in the Northern Neck of Virginia earlier this week. My parents were thrilled to have me back home for an extended stay, but we all know the visit means activation is right around the corner. My mom wants to do anything and everything she can to help out, and even asked me what I needed while I was gone. I didn't have an answer at first, but then it came to me. I wanted her to learn to use a computer so we'll be able to communicate via email and IM while I am gone. She was reluctant, but agreed to learn and we had first session Thursday. Of course her biggest interest in using the computer is to read 'Reporting for Duty' -- and yesterday was about the last day I wanted her to read...

By Bert Stover | October 7, 2005; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (44)

A Friend Dies in Afghanistan

I was packing up my condo Monday when the phone rang. It was Billy Shufeldt, one of my flight school friends, saying he was on his way to class and didn't have much time. Stump, he said, had died. I couldn't quite process what I'd heard. Stump, our classmate from flight school. Dead. The guy I sat next to before graduation, the one who liked to play around at inopportune times. I asked Shufledt to repeat what he'd said. "Stump has died. He was a pilot in the Chinook that crashed in Afghanistan Sunday before yesterday." Dec., 2004, WO1 Adrian Stump (front row, second from left) and several members of his Officer Basic Course, pose for a photo at their Flight School Ball, the night before graduation. Ft. Rucker, AL (Lynda Payne -- Family Photo) View Enlarged Photo...

By Bert Stover | October 6, 2005; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (68)

Formation Flying

I got in some more flight time last week, taking off from Richmond for a training flight to Edgewood, Md. and back. The trip up was in a Lima model Black Hawk (one of the latest models, with improved equipment), and we flew black in an Alpha model (the original, with older, weaker engines and computers). We had a chance to practice flying blind, with instruments only, on the way up and then got to work on formation flying along the western edge of the Chesapeake Bay on the return trip. During a training flight to the Baltimore, MD area, SGT Ryan Reisetter, Black Hawk Crew Chief, keeps an eye on the sky at 5000 ft MSL helping the pilots steer clear of other aircraft and obstacles. (Bert Stover -- washingtonpost.com) View Enlarged Photo...

By Bert Stover | October 4, 2005; 5:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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