Sorry, Jundi: Page 10.


After a delay, Page 10.  Expect Page 11 sometime in the middle of next week.  These are going to get a little less regular, and I’m going to deviate from my “every Sunday” schedule over the next couple of years as I finish college degree #3 (second bachelor’s in a different field — not a PhD).  Anyway, hopefully it’s clear what happened here: the drag handle on his armor got caught on the door latch, leaving him dangling when he tried to jump down.

By 2008, when I got to Iraq, most of the FMTVs in country were up-armored to some extent, often with a bewildering combination of add-on armor kits and jury-rigged welded-together sheet metal, or bits taken off of blown-up HMMWVs.  It’s entirely possible that no two were alike, and due to a variety of technical reasons that I’m not going to get into, the original M1078/M1083 cab was especially difficult to modify — which is why the Army is replacing them with A1P2s.

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