This weekend, thanks to Jim Schmorde and Tyson Bumgardner, I had the opportunity to support 2-162's Scout platoon as they conduted their Indoc drill. The Indoc is a three day event designed to test and ultimately select new members of the platoon from a pool of prospective infantrymen.
I was there in an OPFOR capacity along with Pete Salerno's son, Devon, and several of his friends from Monroe, as well as Kyle Trimble and Jason Becker.
Working with these dedicated Soldiers was the best way I could have spent the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In '05, I was in New Orleans for the anniversary while embedded with Bravo Company, 2-162. Last year, I was with 1-168 and TF Brawler in Afghanistan for the anniversary. This year, I was in a machine gun nest in the Cascade Mountains role playing a radical guerrilla group known as the Oregon Revolutionary Corps. It was a tremendous opportunity, and I'm grateful the Scouts thought enough of me to invite me to participate. Some photos of the weekend are below.