Military Time subordinate to Stomach Time

2010: I remember one particular day rolling in to support a TIC in Nakhoney. Troops being engaged by Taliban from the grape-rows west of FOB Madras.

As we rolled in, the shots were directed towards our helicopters but quickly stopped as the enemy hid not to get identified.

Soon after, the i-comm chatter was reported from our infantry, sharing enemy communications:


Voice 1: “The helicopters are looking”

Voice 2: “Shall we hit them now or go for lunch?”

Voice 1: “The helicopters are here. Lets go for lunch.”

Voice 2: “Yes, we will hit them after lunch.”

Our response to the ground commander was:

“Sounds good, we’ll go too and all re-engage after lunch.”


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