Yesterday we sat in briefings most of the day. The big thing was NBC training (chemical warfare). We learned about how to put on the protective gear, which I’d already learned a long time ago.
Today is RFI day, where they issue most of the equipment you bring with you overseas. They gave me a new helmet, new cold weather gear (?), new backpack, kneepads, gloves, water drinking system, etc. It’s a lot of stuff. This afternoon we get body armor. So it’s a full combat issue of equipment.
Funny thing, I’ve heard today it’s been months since there was even a rocket attack on Balad.