Hey, it’s me, your recurring nightmares

Sgt. Ryan Blount, 27th Brigade, New York Army National Guard, rests in a hallway after a full day of field training, before heading back out Jan. 16, 2015, at Alexandria International Airport, La. The exercise was an eight-day combined military training event designed to prepare Airmen and soldiers to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies. People can lessen the effects of sleep deprivation during long operations by taking precautions such as allowing Soldiers seven to nine hours of sleep regularly for five to seven days before the mission and allowing Soldiers to sleep who are not mission essential at the moment, according to Col. Vincent Mysliwiec, a sleep medicine specialist with 121st Combat Support Hospital, Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital in Yongsan, South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cliffton Dolezal)

INSIDE YOUR HEAD — Sorry to wake you. I just wanted to remind you, don’t forget your rifle before you go out on patrol. Wait, where is your rifle? Oh, right next to you. Whew.

Also, you remember that time at Basic when like, six drill sergeants were screaming at you, and everyone else was getting smoked because you didn’t fill up your canteen? Better get up and check that they’re topped off again, just in case.

So, I was just thinking about that board you’ve got coming up next week. Are you sure you’re ready? There’s a lot of material there; I hope you don’t get blindsided with a technical question, or — God forbid — you flub one of the creeds you were supposed to memorize.

Oh, and now that you’re a team leader, wouldn’t it be a pain in your ass if Pvt. Jenkins didn’t show up tomorrow, then told everyone you didn’t give him the right SP time? Man, that would be crazy.

Hey, I was just thinking about that buddy of yours from the last deployment. What was his name? The guy who laughed and kicked that cardboard box with all the wires sticking out of it? I’m sure you remember that, it was right in front of you. What was his name again? All I can remember is the way your officers’ voices sounded on the radio, all freaked out and confused, like they didn’t really know what to do. Boy, we’ve really had some adventures, you and me.

Oh, before I forget, what was it your wife was saying on the phone last night? I couldn’t really make out the whole conversation over everyone else laughing and carrying on at the phone bank. It was something about the guy from work, I think. Wasn’t it about how funny he is, or was it about how he’s really helping her get settled in at her new job? It’s so nice to know that he’s willing to stay late with her just to go over things and make sure she’s adjusting to life without you.

Anyway, I’ll let you go. It’s 0200, and you’ve got a big day tomorrow. We’ll talk again in an hour.


Dirty once ate frozen yogurt while pulling security around an ice cream truck deep in a Thai jungle. His hobbies include rock painting, ditch digging, radio checks, and SSD1.