When I was in the Army I was with the Corp of Engineers. Late one Friday, as I was working at Battalion Headquarters, the Sergeant Major let the Commander’s driver leave early for a weekend excursion. Shortly after the driver left, the phone rang. I answered it to find the Post Commander (a Brigadier General) asking for my commander. I got him on the phone and a few mintures later he came out of his office. My commander was bald, and when he was mad the chrome dome turned red. Trust me it – it was red this time. He asked for his driver. I explained that the CSM had let him go early. He sighed, looked at me, pointed the the van outside, and asked “can you drive that thing?”. My reply was a crisp “yes, sir!” and I was told to round up a few people and then we left. We drove out to a small lake we had been assigned to dredge out. We all got out the van and stood their amazed to find our new crane in the middle of the lake with about only 15 feet of the top of the crane sticking out of the top of the water. Did I mention we’d only had the crane in our unit for about 3 months? My commander wasn’t happy. We found out later that terrorists/vandals had broken the locks off the flood gates and let the water back into the lake.
Why did I share this story? Because I saw these photos and it brought back some memories.
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