Some days we went on as many as four missions. Sometimes we patrolled, other times we picked up prisoners, often we made runs through town to the police fort. Matt Shipp, one of the twins we've been following, is on the "jump team." He's typically one of the vehicle commanders and it's his team's job to head off whenever a patrol or an errand is run. These guys are out all the time, day and night. They don't act a bit nervous, but I can tell you Brian and I always got pretty freaked out whenever we crossed "the wire" and headed down the sand roads into town. Even more nervous as we cruised the narrow streets. Frankly, there were times when it was terrifying. The windows in these things are small, but even the narrow view revealed streets lined with rubble and trash. Couldn't help but think of IEDs/Jim Hagengruber, The Other Side. More here
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.