Linda Maye Adams

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Desert Storm: Packing Even More Equipment!


I was at Barnes and Noble and saw the “U.S. Army Survival Kit” they were selling. It was a box, about the size of two hardback books laid side by side. Had a blanket and and few other things in. I was kind of scratching my head it because none of seemed particularly hardy enough …

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Desert Storm: A Soldier’s Daily Wear


According to USA Today back in 1990, the average soldier deploying to Desert Shield would be carrying a total of 83 pounds. We were probably a little under that, since they listed the soldiers as carrying bayonets. We definitely didn’t have anything like that! Here’s a list of what we would be wearing in Desert …

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Desert Storm: We’re going to war — wait! You’re a woman!


By the time we hit two weeks into Desert Shield, the army started to figure out there might be some special challenges.  Saudi Arabia is pretty well-known for its view of women.  The women are not allowed to drive, and yet, we were a transportation unit with women drivers, so we would be coming into direct …

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Desert Storm: Uniforms — One Size Fits All … Men


One of the curious things about the Army during this time is that they were not quite sure what to do with the women soldiers. So as a default, they treated us like we were men, except that we weren’t. It was something never more apparent than with the uniforms we would be wearing. We …

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Desert Shield: The Threat of Chemical Weapons


As you can see, I have a book to share this week.  This is an anthology of military stories that I’m being published in that’s coming out in August.  If you want to know what it was like being in the military, or having a relative in the military, check it out.  The best thing …

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Reflections on Desert Storm


It’s hard to believe now that the war I went to was 25 years ago this year. So I thought I’d do a blog series more or less over the time frame of the war (I’m a little early).  It’ll be about what I remember about getting ready to deploy, and the war itself. In …

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China Beach: A Voice for Women Coming Home From War


Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to see books and TV and movies that represented me. I grew up reading books from the library that were for boys because there were few books for girls, and what there was consisted of nurse romances. If a girl was in a boy story, there …

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Washing clothes in desert storm


Sometimes washing clothes in the barracks could be a challenge. But Desert Storm presented new challenges because we were in tents, nary a washing machine in site. Plus, with all the dust, clothes got dirty fast. The military contracted with the Saudi government for someone to clean our clothes. We lugged it over to the …

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living Quarters in Desert Storm


The letter Q is usually one of the harder letters in the A to Z Challenge.  Fortunately, I’ve got an easy topic with our living quarters were like when we arrived in Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield.  Our first location (one of eight) was in Riyadh, near an exposition center that was near the shore …

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Drill and ceremonies, or all that marching


One of the things the Drill Sergeants had to teach us in Basic Training was Drill and Ceremonies.  If you watch soldiers marching on TV, that’s Drill and Ceremonies.  Any time we were somewhere, like to a range or to the mess hall (dining facility), we had to march in formation. At the time, the …

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