By Lt. Col. Jack Ritter, 120th Engineer Battalion
0600 – Afghanistan: The sun is just starting to enter the horizon, communications checks are done and movement is set. Second Platoon (Outlaw 7-2 as it’s known within Task Force Outlaw), 1433rd Engineer Company, starts to roll down Highway 1.
First there is silence, then the radio crackles.”Good morning Hogslayer fans, this morning’s headlines are brought to you by Spc. John Matt, Spc. Christopher Thomas and Spc. William Barnett.”
Each morning Sgt. 1st Class John Palacios, platoon sergeant, allows for a temporary escape from radio protocol as these three soldiers put out a comical recap of the previous day’s news headlines.
Members of Outlaw 7-2, and sometimes others when Palacios forgets to switch the comms back to “platoon” frequency, are treated to about five to seven minutes of quick witted takes on events that happen thousands of miles away.
“Some days they [Matt, Thomas and Barnett] are better than others, but the platoon always looks forward to Hogslayer radio,” said Palacios.
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