A lot can happen over a cup of coffee as I remember back during my first deployment we had been running hard for a few weeks and we received a mission to establish a blocking position atop a 14,000 Ghar (Mtn).
It was a mother getting the company up there. We would take 10 steps and have to gasp for air as the 75lb+ packs leaned into us. After the long haul and long after establishing security and beginning patrols there sat myself, Co Gy and Co 1stSgt. First Sergeant knew it was time for coffee (instant coffee) but instead of boiling water he took his knife, cut a thin slice of C4 from a satchel charge kit and lit it on fire. As you could imagine my first thought were that 1stSgt had lost it but he hadn’t. Unless you compress the C4 it will only burn. It burns at a very high temp that makes a very nice cup of coffee very quickly. Kids, don’t try this at home with your blocks of C4. After about a minute we had 3 cups of great coffee. We contemplated the badguys next moves and our recent achievement as we set in good position on this very high mountain where you could see forever. The lines had been inspected, those that could were resting. The view was awesome and it was unfortunate that we were in a war torn country. As the sun set and the wind gently blew it was silent and all was good in the world at 14,000 ft. That was one of the best cups of coffee I had ever had.
It’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee. What was your best cup of coffee?
Time for a Cgar!