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Speaking of my dad's Army service...

When I was in junior high, I was given an assignment to interview a veteran for Veterans Day. Since my dad was one, I interviewed him. One of the questions I asked him was "What was the funniest thing that happened while you were in the Army?"

His response (which I paraphrase) was that there was a Lt. Colonel who was in charge of fire safety training—and yet, despite this, his tent burned down one night*. During winter war games. In Alaska!

Yeah, that takes a special kind of stupid . . .

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*No one was in fact in the tent when this happened, so no one was hurt.

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ebenbrooks
Nov. 11th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
I can just imagine the dressing down he got from his commanding officer...
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rono_60103
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
This sounds almost, but not entirely, unlike what happened the year I worked at the local Boy Scout camp in New Mexico.

The camp director had to leave for a couple of days for meetings back in Albuquerque. When he came back, his tent had mysteriously been raised upon a bunch of gravel filled 55 gallon drums. (The staff tents had platforms that made up the floor - and I think he may have had the kind of platform that included railings for tying the sides of the tent rather than relying on stakes - so this wasn't that hard to pull off)

I think that, at some level, the gig was up when he noticed that almost the entire camp staff was hanging out in the staff area when he returned.

(In honesty, his tent was probably the safest tent in the staff area for the rest of the summer. The staff camped near the swimming pool so that we could use it as our bathroom, which put us camping along the edge of an arroyo; and any arroyo in northern New Mexico is at risk for flash floods)
niall_shapero
Dec. 2nd, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Perhaps...
someone was trying to "frag" the short colonel in question?
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