The field training exercise for October 13, 2019 was one for the books and likely the most remarkable thus far. Attendance seems to slowly and steadily rise, however, we were disappointed with the number of commitments on Facebook and the number in attendance. If we had combined previous attendees in one group, the turnout would have been exceptional. However, it seems getting a day where everyone is off of work (to include my own wife) is a bit of a challenge.
Nevertheless, this was an FTX for the books. Firstly we all arrived a little late. It was raining and I personally returned home to get a dining canopy for lunch. That put me 30 minutes behind. However, once everything was settled, we started with our regiment of physical training (PT). After that we launched directly into equipment inspections and T-Rex gave a hip-pocket class on go bags and survival supplies ( including the damned purification tablets and straws – ugh 😛 )
Then we broke for lunch. On the menu was pulled smoked pork, home-fried chicken, buns, coleslaw, and fresh home-made salsa verde and tortilla chips which we found went very well on the pork sandwiches we made.
After lunch, we changed gears. In front of everyone else at the park, we dawned a Holy Bible, and everyone swore an oath to the Constitution of the United States, to defend and safeguard it against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It was then we were surprised that a new member, not even registered on the website or even on our facebook page showed up and was instantly sold on the group. That added another to the FTX.
After the swearing in, we sat down with command staff and went over how a battalion and brigade camp should be laid out and pitched and fortified. It was great that Carolinagirl attended because she, the logistics officer will be the one in charge of ensuring that these camps are set up in a speedy and organized manner!
All-in-all it was yet another event-filled, cardio loving, educational, and yummy food weekend and I only wish more were able to participate.