Matamoros, Mexico: Washington, D.C.:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Seriously? This is my job?

Have I mentioned recently how much I love my job?

I just spent the last week in the Foreign Affairs Counter Threat course, otherwise affectionately known as Crash Bang. Let's break it down.

Crash Bang lasts for one week. The first two and a half days are spent learning about surviving a kidnapping, surveillance detection, and medical training. I now have enough medical training to be dangerous. If you have massive hemorrhaging out of one of your limbs, I can put a tourniquet on it faster than you can blink. That's right.. I'm a tourniquet professional at this point. I can also seal up any holes you might have in your chest (aka sucking chest wounds) and take care of  various other injuries to boot.

We then spent an afternoon going through a weapons familiarization course. They weren't training us to be marksmen or anything, but it was nice to get an opportunity to do some shooting. Three different pistols and two rifles later, I'd say I'm a pro (yeah right.) Just throw a penny up in the air and I'll put a hole in it (I wish). Obviously, as diplomats, it would be a bit of an oxymoron to give us weapons. The idea is that, if the proverbial crap hits the proverbial fan, I'll be able to defend myself using a weapon if I had to.

Thursday and Friday were the icing on the cake, though. I spent those two days driving around a track with an instructor learning how to do all kinds of stuff in a car that I've never done before. I mean, seriously... I got paid to do that! It was like an educational theme park for adults! I had an absolutely thrilling experience there, and I hope I get the chance to do it again. Interestingly enough, most of your basic driving instincts and habits are actually totally wrong and don't work in the heat of the moment. I've now been given some knowledge that can seriously save my life if I'm caught driving around in Mexico and come upon a roadblock or vehicular attack from those narcotraffickers.

In other news, I'm moving in less than a week. I'll be at post in less than two weeks. I can't believe this. It feels like I just got settled in here in Washington and here I go again.

Speaking of moving... I've got lots of things to do. The countdown begins.

Until next time...peace.

1 comment:

  1. I have to say Thank You. I am an Instructor and it is nice to come across positive comments. Hope all is going well overseas.