"Where ya'll going?", I asked.
"Shadow run.", he replied.
A "shadow run" is when a gun team runs behind a convoy as extra security. The extra combat power gives the entire convoy added flexibility to maneuver against the enemy in the event of an attack. The practice itself is not unusual, but takes on new meaning when they are going north (north bad) and we are in the middle of Ramadan, which brings an increase in insurgent activity.
"Be safe.", I demanded.
"God, I hope so.", he unwittingly replied as he walked out the door.
We are down to the last couple months of our deployment, and I am anxious for the day when I don't have to worry about stuff like this anymore. I look forward to having a normal conversation with my coworkers, and I imgaine it going something like this:
"Hey, Gary...where you going?"
"To a meeting."
"Uhhhh...okay." (as I get a strange look).
Yeah...I can picture it now.
That will be a good day.