Linda Maye Adams

Navy has the watch today


Back to the Navy again for another great photo (hear that Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps? Where are your women service members?!).

150812-N-UY393-367 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 12, 2015) Seaman Blythe Wallace, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), executes a security simulation during Between the Lifelines (BTL) training aboard the barge. BTL is a two-week security training program that provides the fundamentals of watch standing and non-lethal weapons to Sailors. America is undergoing a post-shakedown availability (PSA) in which the ship's crew and assigned contractors make improvements to the ship's design. America's PSA will pave the way for future America-class amphibious assault ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Berksteiner/Released)

150812-N-UY393-367
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 12, 2015) Seaman Blythe Wallace, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), executes a security simulation during Between the Lifelines (BTL) training aboard the barge. BTL is a two-week security training program that provides the fundamentals of watch standing and non-lethal weapons to Sailors. America is undergoing a post-shakedown availability (PSA) in which the ship’s crew and assigned contractors make improvements to the ship’s design. America’s PSA will pave the way for future America-class amphibious assault ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Berksteiner/Released)

I never used a handgun when I was in the service.  They were only for officers.  All the enlisted soldiers were issued an M16A1 rifle.  That thing was hard to carry around.  It was about three feet long, which made it super easy to get into everything.

I’d hang the strap (called a sling) over my shoulder, and then as I walked the strap would slide down to my elbow, so now I had this stilt like thing banging into my leg. Pull the strap back up, and then it was back down on my elbow again a few minutes later.

 

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