February 23, 2013

War Stories: Civil Affairs+The Congo+Hookers+Bacardi

By: Josh L.

In the summer of 2010 I finally received the news that I had been waiting to hear since I first joined the Army nearly eight years earlier,  I finally got a mission to somewhere other than Iraq.  It was a Civil Affairs guy’s dream mission, the destination Kinshasa, Congo: “the heart of darkness.”  The team was small, only three of us.  A fellow NCO that I had served with in Iraq and a Captain that in another life had been an enlisted Ranger qualified scout sniper from the 82nd whom I will call “Jeff.”  Jeff had months prior traveled to Congo for a skull session with the embassy’s RSO and the DIA detachment.


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About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • Allwet

    ...bad sign , drinking in dingy hotel room in Africa....when you can go to a dingy bar(which fill up with "mosquitoes " when ever a few light faces start to show) and drink LOL. Rule 1 for ranging about at night in the motherland-no one goes alone, period.Probably worked out for the better for the rest of you though-damn if there's not one in every crowd......3 of em-becareful what you wish for here, some of these mosquitoes bite.

  • usapatriotonthemove

    LMFAO!  I'm glad the extra curricular activity's didn't effect the mission other than having Jeff get sent home.  Though...that kinda sucked for you guys. 3 of them, on night one? Dang....lol

  • JHR

    @McPosterdoor  @MedicSteve2 If Ph posts, I OPEN. For Sure:-) Just gotta look.....

  • southernbelle

    @Will_In my own bubble  @oldSquid If it's the same thing that Wasdin talks about in his book, it's what the Somalis took to keep them doped up to fight.

  • Will_In my own bubble

    @oldSquid Hahhahah Im also rather tallmy nickname whilst I was there was :Mzungo Mbrefu. Which means "tall white man" I saw some very old Italian dudes who could have been my grandfather dancing with some very pretty ladies. The young africans love white people.  They have a Swahilli phrase when talking about white people which translates literally as "Thousand shilling skin".To keep partying lots of the east africans I met chew this thing called "Khat" bit like 4 redbulls and three smokes....... keeps you buzzing.