In 1991, at the end of Desert Storm, a 19 year old US Army Cavalry Scout Private who had just spent 8 months at war sat out on a street at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.  He sat there on his duffle bag with his Battalion around him for 4 days waiting for the buses to come and take him to the King Fahad Airport so he could go home. Unfortunately, the politicians of the day never planned for how to bring so many soldiers home after the war ended so there was a shortage of planes. Finally, the buses came and took the young man to the airport. The planes waiting were from Tower Air.  The owner of Tower Air had volunteered his planes and staff to bring soldiers home for the cost of fuel only. Happily, the young veteran got home just in time for Easter weekend in 1991, and spent that time emotionally healing with friends and family surrounding him.  That Private was me.  The airline owner was Donald J. Trump.

Ron Knouse who proudly voted for President Trump

And Maxine Waters was a Representative for CA 29th District at that time. So she and others like her have been continually screwing up for 26 years.

U.S. Army Pfc. Rohan Wright, center, a cavalry scout with a personal security detachment with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares to fire an M203 grenade launcher at the weapons range at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

First Post

     I am currently less than 80 days away from departing for OSUT (One Station Unit Training) as an E-3 private. OSUT is simply he combination of basic training and my AIT (Advanced Individual Training) all at one location. I cannot tell you exact dates and location of my training due to UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) laws. 

     My reasoning behind starting and hopefully keeping this blog is to keep friends, family, and future soldiers up to speed on what i am doing. Personally, I have done a ridiculous amount of research involving pre and post military life, what OSUT is like, job descriptions, and the views of other MOS’s (Military Occupational Specialties) of the Cavalry. From the blogs, message boards, and other resources i have found  posts from Cavalry Scouts few and far between. I figured that i will do the favor to any future solider interested in following this MOS a favor and tell you the most i can about my journey. 

     I have always thought about joining the military but I always had many excuses to not follow through with it. I am currently 3 years out of high school and i have nothing to show from it besides drunken pictures on Facebook and some stories about the dumb shit I have done with my friends in order to impress girls in order to hopefully get lucky. I have changed my major more times than I can count and still do not know what i want to do with my life. It’s gone from business, to criminal justice, to physical ed, and to this day i still am not sure. 

     Not knowing what I wanted to do with my life is what originally brought me into the recruiters office. The common perception of the Army that most people have is that the fuck ups, criminals, and scum who do not know what to do after high school enlist to go blow some shit up and chase foreign girls for 3 years before coming back home to the same old town. The combination of not knowing what I plan on doing with my life, financial benefits, ability to travel, and the pride that comes with serving are the main reasons i decided to sign the contract. 

This some background to my decision to join and what the purpose of this blog. I hope to keep this up the best I can to help answer some questions for my friends, family, and future soldiers. 


Future Soldier Jordan Bagley

Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers’ Green.
Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers’ Green.
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he’s emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers’ Green.
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers’ Green.
Chapter 186: The TUNNEL is DISCOVERED

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Caesar and the Belgae (Gallic Wars third part)

The Victory of Julius Caesar Over the Belgians Louis van Engelen

In the spring of 57 BC, Caesar was in Cisalpine Gaul attending to the administrative of his governorship. Word came to Caesar that a confederation of northern Gallic tribes was building to confront Roman presence in Gaul. It’s important to note though, that Caesar by this time, had probably realized the only way to maintain the territories in eastern and southern Gaul, was to conquer the whole of the province.

As Caesar arrived, likely in July 57 BC, the rumors of Belgae opposition proved true.

After securing the town of Noviodunum and territory of the Suessiones, Caesar learned that the fearsome Nervii, with the Atrebates, Veromandui and Aduatuci, were forming against him on the opposite side of the Sambre River.

The main part of the Roman army were in the midst of making camp along the river, while the two newest legions were bringing up the rear with the slow moving baggage train. Caesar sent out his cavalry to scout the situation, apparently unaware of the massing enemy preparing for ambush in the surrounding forests.

The Nervii and their allied tribes nearly surrounded the Romans, threatening the camp and the utter destruction of Caesar’s army. Caesar’s timely intervention, however, personally standing and fighting with his men, helped Roman discipline maintain itself.

In a nearly disastrous battle that could’ve changed the history of Europe, three things in particular kept the Romans from absolute defeat.

  • Caesar’s own personal intervention was important in stabilizing the men,
  • the 2 legions with the baggage train arrived just in time to reinforce crumbling Roman lines,
  • and the return of the Roman cavalry.

According to Caesar, though the numbers are assuredly in doubt, the Nervii surrendered and informed him that of 60,000 original warriors, only 500 remained. With the promise of no more aggression, he allowed them and other tribal combatants to return to their lands as subjects of Roman power.

A Group Of Warm Spring Apache Scouts

Recruitment of Indian scouts was first authorized on 28 July 1866 by an act of Congress

“The President is authorized to enlist and employ in the Territories and Indian country a force of Indians not to exceed one thousand to act as scouts, who shall receive the pay and allowances of cavalry soldiers, and be discharged whenever the necessity for further employment is abated, at the discretion of the department commander.”

In the Indian wars following the U.S. Civil War, the Indian scouts were a fast-moving, aggressive, and knowledgeable asset to the U.S. army. They often proved to be immune to army notions of discipline and demeanor, but they proved expert in traversing the vast distances of the American West and providing intelligence—and often a shock force—to the soldiers who sought hostile Indians. Pawnee Scout leader Luther H. North commented, “Neither the Wild Tribes, nor the Government Indian Scouts ever adopted any of the white soldier’s tactics. They thought their own much better.” Another chief of scouts, Stanton G. Fisher, emphasized the importance of Indian Scouts by saying of the soldiers, “Uncle Sam’s boys are too slow for this business.“

There existed doubts as to whether Indian Scouts would remain faithful or whether they would betray the white soldiers and turn against them in conflict. The Cibicue Apaches were among the first regular Army Scouts.They are also the only recorded 19th-century incident in which Indian scouts turned against the U.S. Army at Cibicue Creek in Arizona Territory. These Apache scouts were asked to campaign against their own kin, resulting in a mutiny against the army soldiers. Three of the scouts were court-martialed and executed.

(2/6) “My first tour was Iraq. I think during training I imaged that war would be like the movies. I had zero experience so I was picturing something like Platoon or Full Metal Jacket. But 99% of the time it’s boring and you don’t do anything productive. I was a cavalry scout, so we’d go out in front of the infantry and get an eye on the battlefield. Mainly it involved just sitting at an observation post. The first time I experienced combat, I was actually in a garage helping fix a large truck. We came under indirect fire. I could hear the guns around us and for the first time I realized that the war is real and people are trying to kill us. Honestly, it was pretty cool. It was a huge adrenaline rush. It was the highest I’ve ever felt in my life. It made me feel like my job had been validated.”