the last couple weeks have been incredibly hectic for me. we had a fairly large operation going that needed my attention, in which a friend of mine ended up losing his life. you couldn't have asked for a better friend. he was the kind of guy who would pull patches off of his own uniform and hand them to you if you needed it, or magazine pouches off of his own kit. he wouldn't even care if he got yelled at for not having a proper uniform. i still owe him a subdued flag...
i was in his unit, first battalion, 3rd special forces group until just before my current deployment. i am in a different battalion now. alex conrad was a good man. generous to a fault. i loved the way he mentored his soldiers instead of just yelling at them, smoking them, etc. he wasn't that kind of NCO. he wasn't that kind of man. the people placed in his charge willingly followed his every word because they WANTED to. he was one of the best in his field, and everyone seemed to know it but him.
---------------to the man who taught me more about behavioral symptom analysis than i ever thought i could learn, i'll miss you brother. when i get home, ill raise a glass to you. we all will. thanks again for talking me down last year. ------------
sorry for the thread jack folks. give me a few days and ill get back to the original discussion.
Edited by Auban, 12 June 2018 - 09:58 AM.
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