Fighting on Arrival, Fighting for Survival

Fort Riley was home to the African-American cavalry troops known as the "Buffalo Soldiers."  Just outside of post, in Junction City, is a monument dedicated to the Buffalo Soldiers.  My first unit in Korea, back in 1988, traced its lineage to the Buffalo Soldiers.  We used to sing the Bob Marley song of the same name at the top of our lungs in the bars outside our post.

Fort Riley was home to the African-American cavalry troops known as the Buffalo Soldiers. A monument to the Buffalo Soldiers sits just outside of post in Junction City. My first unit in the Army traced its lineage back to the Buffalo Soldiers. We used to sing Bob Marley’s song of the same name in the bars outside of post.The training intensifies as we near the end of the course.  We are out on the ranges almost every day going through scenario-based exercises meant to replicate the kind of challenges we will face in Afghanistan.  A lot involve what the Army now calls “kinetic” action–guns, bullets, shootings, explosions–while others involve knotty mock negotiations with Afghan role-players.  The Afghans who help us train are way cool.  After our training day is over, we talk in relaxed, enjoyable ways about this and that.  Many of the Afghans’ first stop in America was my hometown of Arlington, Virginia.  That always gives us something to gab about.

We learned this week that we will only have a short four-day break after graduation before we have to report back to Fort Riley for training.  Most of us were hoping for a little more.

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3 Responses to “Fighting on Arrival, Fighting for Survival”

  1. Chris Brown Says:

    Hey Pete,

    Terrific picture! I hope when we meet next you’ll say more about the Afghans that you met. They sound like they must have been fascinating to chat with!

    “Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.”

    Best and be safe,
    Chris

  2. Pedaldrive Says:

    Don’t put that fartsack where it could get run over by a tank – especially if you’re in it!

  3. Pedaldrive Says:

    I told my 14 yr old daughter about how your first unit traced back to the Buffalo Soldiers. Then I played her the Buffalo Soldiers video. She recognized the song. That video looks like they filmed it in December at fort AP Hill.

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