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Dad’s story: A turd in the fourth

Submitted by on Tuesday, 18 August 2009 2 Comments

Sometimes life is all about timing.

There’s a chance the soldier took his protective goggles off briefly during training in The Box – 1,000 barren square miles at Fort Irwin where soldiers prepare for desert warfare.

Then again, maybe he did it routinely and finally got busted when the post’s commanding general happened by and saw him.

Whether it was a momentary lapse or a sloppy habit, the attention he drew from the top was enough to earn his entire unit – Dad’s unit – The Turd of the Week award.

Dad says there’s a trophy to go with the award. The way he describes it is about what you’re imagining. What a way for Dad to mark his fourth week here.

Joking and Turd of the Week aside, eye safety is a serious issue. The wind can be brutal at times, whipping up dirt and dust in the housing areas. It was so bad our first two days on post that Big Guy swore Boots had pink eye. It’s even worse in The Box.

There are stories – I can’t verify them, so they could be urban legend – of a soldier blinded after wearing contact lenses in the box. I cringe just thinking of the pain of all those tiny projectiles nailing a lens to an eyeball.

At least the pain of the Turd of the Week is nothing more than slight embarrassment. Or maybe major embarrassment in this case.

Copyright 2009 Debra Legg.

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  • MtnMom said:

    So does the fella who earned the award for the unit buy coffee for his unit to choke it down with? I’m thinking coffee is the least he can do. That’s an icky award! =o]

    Hope the guys eyes are better and school is going well. (Good to see ya on the blog again!)

  • Debra said:

    Or maybe he should have to wear his goggles around for an entire week. And clean everyone else’s. They really aren’t comfortable – but they’re necessary.