Friday, October 12, 2012


12 Oct 12
Hampton Inn
Quakertown, PA

Zero Target 

Well, I arrived in Quakertown, PA yesterday after spending the last week just outside of Fort Bragg, NC at survival school.  It was an interesting experience, but I am glad it is over.  I am looking forward to getting back into the cockpit and receiving the flight training in the S-61.

While at survival training (conducted by Gryphon Group Security Solutions, Inc), we had a lot of interesting classes and also had several field operations in addition to our range time with our assigned weapons.  I will be carrying both an M-9 (9mm Beretta pistol) and and M-4 (collapsible M-16) while in Afghanistan, so I qualified on both.  I’ve still got the skillz, people.  After almost 30 years (since basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO), I again scored expert on both the M-4 and M-9.  From various ranges, with both weapons, out of 80 possible points I got 77……seventy-seven hits with eighty shots (40 with rifle and 40 with pistol.   It was fun; I hadn’t had the opportunity to shoot much at all in the last 10 or 15 years.        

After arriving in Philly, I got the rental car and proceeded to fight rush hour traffic north for the next 3 hours.  Normally, it should have been about a one hour drive, oh well.  The hotel is nice; it has an indoor pool, exercise room, large sitting area with a fireplace in the lobby.  The rooms are modern and the king-size mattress is perfect….nice and firm.  The hotel is located in a nice area with restaurants close by, but not otherwise congested.  The Wal-mart and movie theater is only 5 or 6 miles down the road with lots of stores and shopping centers available to spend money.

Still getting settled in……till later, but careful out there….

                         My new house for a while.  It really is a nice setting for a hotel.