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Subdeacon Joe, January 3 in SASS Wire Saloon
Well, I was always taught the shortest distance was a straight line....I think that works...
I think that’s a good meme for any engineer, not just the combat fellows. “Crude but effective” has been my motto ever since surviving the Engineering College at the University of Colorado.
This one is for you, Rew.
I’d say it applies to tankers too.
But Combat Engineers do it with more finess.
Hey, diddle, diddle! Straight up the middle!
Dad was in an engineering battalion in the European Theater. He said they learned quick to shoot off the top of church steepals first thing when entering a town. And not go through doors building by building to clear them. They would blow a hole through the wall, toss in a grenade before entering.
All of the Combat Engineer I ever knew believed there was no problem that could not be solved with sufficient explosives. No hinderance ever survived being blown to smithereens.
I was a tanker, Steve Rew was a Seabee. We could mess some stuff up!
I think this covers about 50% of many Engineers in various disciplines.
I love it it when I am explaining something to an engineer and I get “that look”. The look of “Oh, okay, I get it” the eyes widen, the face brightens and then immediately the look of “holy crap, it’s so obvious, why didn’t I think of that?” Followed by a look of disdain that I often assume means. “How did this uneducated lower life form figure this out?”.
When I see this look I smile at them and say “It’s okay, you’ll get it eventually.”
That really irks ‘em.
Now, that being said, I have worked with some fantastic Engineers that impressed the hell out of me. I have great respect for them.
Just looks like a typical SEAL team engagement to me.
My son was one. I know that type of thinking got him and his buddies out of some dangerous situations too.
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