Our NTC rotation is complete.
I didn’t get to go on any missions, which was a bit of a downer. I stayed inside the FOB and worked in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC.) It was no walk in the park though: I was put on night shift. My body resisted the change, and I struggled to sleep during the daylight hours, so I averaged about two hours of sleep per day. In one instance, I went about 36 hours with no sleep, which is a bit troubling because at that point you’re considered legally intoxicated…and that would make sense because according to one of my counterparts in a line platoon, I started babbling about college football when he came to me for a patrol brief (though I have no recollection of that happening.)
But yes, everyone in our company now has the green light to go down range. I can only hope that somehow, I’ll have that opportunity. In the mean time, it’s time to relax!