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Deployment Helmet Cam Videos

Discussion in 'Military' started by WhiteStorm, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Feb 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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    WhiteStorm

    WhiteStorm [OP] Aim small, miss small.

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    I figured I would share an interesting playlist of videos compiled by a guy on YouTube named "Funker530." I'm sure many of you have seen a video or two of these, but I wanted to share the whole playlist.

    For the leaders and officers, this particularly good to watch through a leadership study perspective. I've watched the firefight videos with a "what would I do" lens and it's proven to be pretty insightful. For those of us without a deployment yet, this is a good way to learn. Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/FUNKER530/videos?view=0
     
  2. Feb 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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    I've been to both Iraq and Afghanistan. If you haven't been deployed and you're curious about what a soldier experiences, I'd highly recommend the following:

    - Read War by Sebastian Junger. It gets into not just what the Soldiers did, but how it affected them. Absolutely the best book I've read about the current conflict in Afghanistan.

    - Watch Restrepo as filmed by Junger and by Tim Hetherington. It lacks the details of the book, but provides the visuals that the book lacks.

    If you read no other books or watch no other documentaries, those two are the ones to get. Other really good ones follow:

    They Fought for Each Other, by Kelly Kennedy. Iraq. Excellent book about the bonds that develop in combat.

    Greetings from Afghanistan - Send More Ammo, by Benjamin Tupper. Written by a former Advisor to the Afghan National Army, early on in the Afghan conflict. I've been an Advisor on two deployments, and early on these guys had a crazy tough mission, going out in pairs with the ANA.

    Those are a few of my favorites.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I've seen Restrepo and read Kennedy's book - both were really interesting. I'll check out Junger's book as well.
     
  4. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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    Thx for the link! There goes my productive Sunday. Couch Here I come.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2013 at 7:05 AM
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    It's all stock right now, gotta get back from deployment first!
    I've got three dudes in my squad alone with helmet cams. One for me (squad leader) then one from a team leader and one from my 249 gunner. It's going to be awesome to just see everything from three different perspectives.

    Round 2 for Afghanistan coming up in a week or so.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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    That's awesome. Have fun and be safe brother.
     
  7. Feb 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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    I'm surprised this is public
     
  8. Feb 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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    Our CO told us if he caught us with one of those he would fry our ass.. just a way to get in trouble I'd keep it turned off.. just my .02
     
  9. Feb 18, 2013 at 6:48 AM
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    It's all stock right now, gotta get back from deployment first!
    My CO is an old Force Recon and Ranger Regiment guy. He doesn't care about helmet cams. As long as we do our job he really doesn't care.
     
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