Yesterday I got my first look at ballistic underwear, the shrapnel-blocking body armor extension that fights one of the most psychologically damaging wounds caused by Taliban mines.
The new armor comes in layers. One goes underneath your pants, another wraps from your front and on under to your rear – hence the nickname, “Kevlar diaper.”
Watching soldiers get acquainted with the protection was a little like the elaborate adjustment process you might witness near the dugout at a single A baseball game. Never quite comfortable.
As you can imagine, a discussion on Kevlar underwear triggered some colorful conversations about how the armor worked. I’ll leave that to y0ur imaginations.
Despite the bluster about the rigid protection, I didn’t see much offensive adjusting once we left Combat Outpost Mizan for a foot patrol to a small village just outside the district center.
It was a handover moment with Alaska soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment teaching incoming infantrymen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment about the terrain and the important locals. Check out Peter Haley’s photos from the foot patrol here, and look for our story on Mizan this weekend at thenewstribune.com, or even in hard copies of The News Tribune.
We’ve moved on to a new post with the 1-14 Cav, and we’re enjoying the comforts or a larger base.
Signs hang on many doors here at Forward Operating Base Wolverine showing the horrible things that can happen to you from the local scorpions and saw scaled vipers. Can we get some Kevlar for that?