“I was an Army Civil Affairs Team Sergeant in FOB Ghazni, Afghanistan. There was snow and ice everywhere. Simply put, it was cold as balls! It was a far cry from my time in Iraq as a Marine Rifleman. Anyway I was in my team B-Hut when there was a huge boom that shook the shit out of the entire place.
Next thing you know the radio went off saying that there’d been a VBIED (Vehicle Borne IED) attack against an ANA convoy about 400 meters outside the Entry Control Point and to roll the Quick Reaction Force. I was in the TC seat as we rolled out with the PSYOPS Team Sergeant SSG Rob on the gun. (SSG Rob was one of the most laid back and good dudes I’d ever met)
As we’re driving up, you could see and actually smell the absolute mess that the VBIED had left. An ANA Ford Ranger looked like a giant hand had slapped the entire front end off of it and the remains of the VBIED were scattered for several hundred meters. There were parts of both cars and the dead suicide bomber everywhere.
As we set perimeter security, I dismounted in order to hold security for the Navy EOD techs as they exploited the scene for evidence and bomb residue. When I was done, I went back to my truck and as I was getting back in, I noticed a human arm laying out in the snow about 20 feet away. Thinking nothing of it, I got back in and called up to the QRF leader to let him know my truck was good.
As I was doing so, I saw a stray dog run up, grab the arm and haul ass with it. (the dogs movement made it look as if the hand was waving goodbye.) I said “Holy shit! Did ya’ll see that dog snatch that dead guys arm?!?” About that time, then SSG Rob came over the intercom and said, ‘Yeah well homeboy shouldn’t have gone all “Ala** Ak**r’ then if he wanted to keep his arm. Besides, a dog has gotta eat too.” The way he said it was so funny that even the Terp laughed. That’s the kind of dark humor that got us all through what turned out to be a truly rough deployment.”
– SSG Jacob Bullion A Co. 451st CABN. Afghanistan 2008.
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