Thursday, September 28, 2006
The soldiers of 6 SAI Bn are Air Assault trained and love helicopters. Unfortunately in Sudan the elements working with us were not and the mission was observation. Air Assault tactics would have been perfect to track down and neutralise beligerants who maim and kill innocent civilians in Darfur. Very few ever get away from a good tracker and helicopter-bourne reaction force.
One of the reasons why we are the best in Africa is because we do constant training. Here the South Africans do musketry training in Sector 6. South African soldiers are trained to fire well-aimed shots. With the R 4 rifle a South African soldier is a world class fighting man.
Before a patrol the South Africans in Sector 6 do an organised and structured final inspection before going. Sector 6 is currently still the most dangerous sector in Darfur.
These Casspirs were stationed at Kutum. These are armed with twin 7,62mm FN MAG general purpose machine guns, although in South Africa we call them Light Machine Guns. Casspirs have been faithful servants to many South African soldiers in the past and have ensured the safety of many fighting men. The conditions in Sector 6 are ideal for the rugged high-speed cross-country abilities of the Casspir.
I got this photo from Arrie Burger taken in Kutum, Sector 6, just to indicate the morale and discipline of our soldiers over there. They have done well and Arrie's platoon was involved in a contact about four weeks ago. At least five rebels or militia were killed and only one of ours wounded through both legs. Now these guys are back in South Africa. Well done, boys.
From left is Sherif, yours truely and Foot. We had this photo taken today in preparation for my moving to El Fashier on Saturday, hopefully. I will be working in El Fashier for the last six months of my deployment as a writer. I will miss all my friends and especially Sherif who has been a true friend. Funny how one always makes the best friends on deployment. Good luck, guys and wish me luck.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
RSM (Regimental Sergeant-Major) Richardson of 6 SA Infantry Battalion (my unit in South Africa) taking charge of the guys as they prepare to board the plane to return to South Africa. I wish I was them.
On Tuesday the current South Africans of sector 6 were going home after completing their six months. I found SSgt Arrie Burger at the shop next to the AMIS HQ. We have had quite an impressive career together. The guy looking happy with the world at the far end of the table is Dusch.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Near Queenstown is a nice little resort called Katberg (Cat Mountain) where I spent a weekend with my family except for mom and dad. What I remember best is the great food we had there. Here you can see me having a drink in the bar lounge and Carike is also in the photo.
From left is my stepmother Magda, Dewald, Gunther, Carike, Melissa (Dewald's girlfriend) and lastly my dad who is still recovering from a head-on collision he had a month before I came to Sudan.