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Drive the Truck, Not the Body.

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Basically the day that my tasking with the Tattoo ended, all the guys from the PLF piled into a van and drove out to Gagetown to begin a month-long, driver-wheeled course. We learned how to service, maintain and drive the LSVW and MLVW (2.5 and 5-tonne trucks); I should note that I don’t presently have a civilian driver’s license, nor had I ever driven legally before this course began. Of course, this didn’t stop the course Warrant from placing me in a crew with the only two francophone students, so I could translate what I wasjust learning as I learned it. Or from subsequently moving me to the francophone section when a French instructor (who naturally spoke an incomprehensible variation of Acadian) was brought on. You’d figure the course staff would avoid piling more problems at the feet of the non-driver…

The MLVW, fording a giant puddle

The MLVW, fording a giant puddle

Anyway, we all clocked 1000+km on two trucks, driving offroad, on highways and built-up areas. Some people just had a smoother experience doing so. I can also confirm that driver-wheeled courses are in fact as relaxed and laid-back as everyone claims. Here are the pictures to prove it. You can also visit the project page for video of what non-commissioned army grunts do in the field with way too much free time to kill.

Thanks for the memories guys.

Oh. I also wrote an article about the course for some army bulletin.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, denouement

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

I’ve been working on the back-end of this site for some time now, and have finally reached the point where it’s no longer a pain in the ass to add posts, upload photos or share files. So I’m doing all three.

Click here for photos and video from the Royal Nova Scotia International Tatto. This is an annual military/civilian show with acts from roughly 15 countries. The Canadian military component was made up of personnel from army reserve units from 36 Brigade, the HMCS Athabaskan navy ship, and various air force PAT platoons from across the country. Our contracts lasted for about a month, most of which was spent rehearsing. That’s all I’ll say by way of introduction. Enjoy the pictures. Here’s my favourite:

Live from the stage floor

Live from the stage floor

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