OK, so bear in mind that the MN National Guard has told it’s people to stop talking. Totally get it, and am NOT picking on the command. I would want this to go away too. But guys are still very angry. And they still want to tell their story.
As I said earlier, I need more info for the SIGACTS check. Some guys are claiming they were at KAF, but other elements had moved out earlier. Here is an anonymous account from one soldier that talks about the period in question for the miraculous insta-healing grape wound/RPG attack.
Here is a timeline as the best I can recall from the top of my head. I know we left the states around the 26th or 27th of July, as [redacted, but event that he knows the date for.] Now looking at the press release from the PAO in MN, it looks like we were boots on groun in Manas on the 28th of July. I know this is going on kind of a whim, but I checked dates of photos that I took in the properties of the photos. I know this is not concrete evidence at all, but, I know for a fact that date and time was set correctly on my camera. We left Manas for KAF on 8/4/2009. We left KAF for Leatherneck on 8/11/2009. These dates however are going to fluctuate as our company left KAF by platoon, on different dates, and from what I recall, all the convoys were spread out over a period of about a week and a half. The only thing I remember and of the three convoys seeing action wise was during our convoy in which the Taliban ambushed an Afghan National Army Checkpoint about a mile ahead of the road of us while we were stopped for mechanical issues. There was a MEDEVAC at that time, but it was of a local national who got shot by either the Taliban or ANA. No friendly injuries were recived, and we were not in contact at all during that incident. One of the other convoys from our company that left got held up, but that was because of numerous heat causaulties from us not having AC and piss warm/boiling water. Once we got to Camp Leatherneck, we fell in on our tents, and I can’t tell you how long it was until our first mission. I will tell you that we did go through the RIP/TOA process with the platoon that was doing our mission, and the first several missions which our company did go out on were key ) personnel (squad and team leaders and a few high speed E4’s) for the left seat/right seat ride process. Our mission runs, like I said before were desert runs, which we would occasionally run across a mud hut here, and a mud hut there. We never, ever cleared any buildings. Our first contact that we recieved as a company was mid September I believe as the person that got hit was my battle buddy from Iraq from back in the day.
If anyone else wants to comment from the 114th Transportation company (the sweetest smelling Guard unit in the ‘verse) you can either email us, or leave a comment.