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Godd@mit!(3 posts)

Mar 25, 2003 7:20 PM

This happens, but those of us in uniform die a little death every time.

Any joviatlity this evening suddenly seems so trite.

Us civilians too...PdxMark
Mar 25, 2003 7:38 PM
There are so many levels of tragedy in war... I don't have the words...

As a close miss, an F-16 pilot noticed that a Patriot battery had picked him out, and he took some shot at the battery. The pilot was OK and no-one on the ground was hurt.
Us civilians too...sn69
Mar 25, 2003 7:48 PM
Prior to a US Navy deployment, the battle group goes through a 6 month process called work ups, wherein the individual units gain profficiency prior to integrating into an on-going series of graded war games to ensure that everyone is ready for the task.

While going through a set of work-ups with the Constellation BG in 96, I once watched helplessly as one of the aegis cruisers went into what we call "robocruiser" mode and shot down the entire air wing returning from a war-gamed long range strike to Fallon, NV. Of course, the cruiser was only firing notional missiles, but the lesson struck home with me, at the time a young and impressionable junior officer. Things go wrong even under the best of circumstances.

Like I said, I know this happens and I know it will happen some more. Still, it gets to me. ...More good guys dead, needlessly.