This letter was originally written in June 2010:
While deployed to Afghanistan one of my relatives printed out all my letters home and then brought them to a dinner to share with friend. They enjoyed reading the stories, but did not understand all of what I was saying because of the number of acronyms I used. It inspired this letter home. My favorite guess for an acronym was MRAP=blanket (a blanket of protection maybe, but not a blanket as you and I think of, read more below to see). And if you ever read a story and I missed an acronym let me know.
[tweetthis]So many acronyms it is hard to keep track! #afghanistan @Airman2Mom[/tweetthis]
So I got an e-mail from one of my realitives and I realized that I use a lot of acronyms and though I thought I wrote out most of them I guess I don’t so here is a run down of some of the acronyms and what
they really mean because the some of the stuff that people come up with is pretty funny.
FOB (Forward Operating Base) – this is my current home. I live on FOB
Morales-Frazier (MF) the name comes from the first two KIA (Killed In Action) (Americans) at the FOB.
COP (Contigency Out Post) – A COP is smaller than a FOB, I have only been to two COPs they were both pretty small. At one COP i slept under the stars because there were not enough tents
MRAP – Mine resistant ambush protectected vehicles
MATV – Mine resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicles (I learned these today) These are the two types of vehicles we drive around Afghanistan in. The MRAP holds a driver, TC (truck commander), a
gunner and four dismounts ( i would be considered a dismount, sometime they refer to me as the special package or cargo) we also have extra security as dismounts they are called PSD (personal security detail)
ISAF- stands for something it really isn’t important, trust me I looked it up, not worth writing down, basically all coaltion forces
DFAC – dining facility (you know where we eat grub, dinner was a special treat of lobster and steak it was actually very yummy!)
QA/QC – Quality assurance/Quality control, basically inspecting the project to ensure it meets Afghan/American standards. An engineering term, not related to military tasks or mission.
BAF – Bagram Air Field, we go there quiet often it is dusty, loud and you have to salute everyone. it makes us realize how good our FOB is.
TFLF – Task Force La Fayette, this is the French Task Force we fall under.
TF Wolverine – the american Task Force we fall under, i’m not in the Army so i don’t really know how to explain what they are to us, but we go to them for help for our engineering stuff and getting money for
We have had a crazy week, we got a new commander so we have been pretty busy, I went on two missions, a few roads and a school. The progress on the roads was good and the school had made a lot of progress. There was major flood damage at one of the schools which we are working on resolving. Besides that the days keep going bye one by one, but on a good note a garden has expanded a crazy amount, we now have three patches of land dedicated to gardening some look close to flowering so hopefully we have pumpkins and squash soon. Well I’m ready for bed.
Talk to you all later. Thanks everyone for the care packages we love all the food and other stuff too.