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Well, That’s it…I’m Outtie! February 14, 2006, 3:10 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Military, Obituaries.
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Life 3.0 is about to begin for dear ol’ Quintapalus. What are you talking about, you ask? Well, I’ve up and joined the Army, and I leave for boot in a day. I’ll be journaling the experience on paper and will post the whole thing when I get back, but needless to say, you won’t hear any more incoherent ramblings from Quinto for a few months.

Maybe I just wanted to be the first kid on my block with a confirmed kill or maybe my psychological profile indicated a certain “moral flexibility,” but in any case (and all movie references aside), put me down for 5. Since I’m too old to find myself in a foxhole with a big gun, I’ll be taking my turn at Military Intelligence.

Wish me luck and I’ll talk to you soon.

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I Always Said That If I Had a Few More Lives… January 15, 2006, 12:09 am

Posted by quintapalus in Iraq, Military.
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I’d want to spend one of them as an elite sniper. Maybe it is a bit creepy to say so, but there’s just something about it that is so tough, so self-sacrificing, so disciplined, yet so cool. Check this story out from StrategyPage.com:

Another Record Long Sniper Shot

January 13, 2006: A U.S. Army sniper set a new distance record (1250 meters) for a kill with a 7.62mm sniper rifle. Staff Sergeant Jim Gilliland made the shot on September 27, 2005, during fighting in Ramadi. The Leupold sight Gilliland used is only accurate out to a thousand meters, so the chest shot was partially guesswork, and luck. Gilliland aimed 12 feet high, to adjust for the drop the bullet would make over that distance. Gilliland later found out that the Iraqi he dropped had just killed a friend of his, Staff Sergeant Jason Benford.

Gilliland leads a ten man squad of snipers (the “Shadows�), that have been averaging ten kills a month in support of the infantry battalion they belong to. Some members of the team are averaging over ten kills a month. The snipers are particularly effective at night, when they often catch Iraqis trying to set up IEDs. In one case, his snipers killed ten members of an IED team. Ramadi is a Sunni Arab town, and full of Iraqis who really, really want to go back to the old days when Sunni Arabs ran the country, and a Sunni Arab dictator was in charge.

See what I mean? They even have a bad-ass name. Yeah, you’re probably right, I am kinda nuts.