Friday, May 16, 2008

The Major is back

I spoke with Major Roberts yesterday, fresh back from deployment to Iraq.

For all you vintage USU Army ROTC guys (circa 2004 - 2005), you'll remember Major (then Captain) Roberts. He was my first ROTC instructor and he never missed a chance to brainwash his cadets into thinking that the Engineers are the best branch of the Army. (Fact - The first Medal of Honor recipient in the GWOT, was given to an Army Engineer)

I remember very clearly sitting in a chair in front of Major Robert's desk while he looked me over to decide if I was worth sending to Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky back in the summer of 2004.

My favorite memory of Major Roberts goes back to the military history trip in the summer of 2005. Mrs. Roberts yelled (as she tried not to laugh) at the Major as he inched a 15 passenger van closer and closer to an over zealous and cranky employee of the Maryland Department of Transportation on the highway running past Camp Frettard.

Incidentally, we were on our way to a dining establishment called "Beef Shakes". Major Roberts instructed me to approach the takeout window and ask for a "beefshake", as advertised on their billboard. They gave me the stink eye and tried to justify their lousy diner name - maybe you had to be there... it was hilarious.

Others of you might remember a certain "coming out" ceremony as well - involving a sleeping bag at several dining in ceremonies...

I better limit my stories to the information I've already given, being that the Major has MUCH more incriminating information about me.

9 comments:

Shep's Blog said...

Good times those were. Its good to hear that the Major is home safe.

georganne said...

That picture is from a pool day. Yikes. I have hatred in my heart for pool lab.

Scar Belly said...

Why do you hate pool lab?

georganne said...

I'm afraid of water.

Scar Belly said...

We have found Georgeanne's kryptonite.

georganne said...

Strange, that is exactly what the LTC said, except somehow he sounded relieved...

Scar Belly said...

I don't understand your love of river guiding and fear of water...

georganne said...

I'm not really afraid of water. I'm more afraid of being stuck underneath a garbage can with 5 other people and not being able to breathe.

Scar Belly said...

Or under a zodiac with a squad in the icy cold waters of the green river/porcupine resevoir?

I remember some girl wigging out and trying to get out from under the zodiac, only to get her head stuck in the rope rigging and swallowing a LOT of water...