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Cobras Conduct Relief in Place / Transfer of Authority (RIP/TOA)

February 06, 2011 | First Sergeant Robert Winchel

The Cobra Company has maintained their great reputation as team players as we transitioned into our operations in Afghanistan and relieved our 101st counterparts. What is usually expected during this period is that the outgoing unit has an “I just want to go home” attitude and the incoming unit “thinks they know it all.” What happened with us here is just the opposite. The outgoing unit welcomed us with open arms and ensured we were comfortable with the mission and remained patient throughout the entire RIP/TOA process. The Cobras, and I’m so proud of them for this, never showed a ‘know it all’ attitude and worked hand in hand with our counterparts, treating them with the upmost respect.

To all the Cobra family and friends back home; I know you are proud of your Soldier for what they are doing here, but you can bump that up a notch because of the professionalism they are showing. I know I couldn’t be more proud.

Where we are at, the elevation is around 7800’. The air is a bit thin and temperature a bit colder. We are all adjusting well and enjoying the snowcapped mountainous view around us. It has been snowing here for the last 24 hours. We’ve received around eight inches so far and it doesn’t look like it is letting up any time soon. Having to walk everywhere, it makes getting around a bit difficult. Most are enjoying the snow by building snowmen and, of course, snowball fights.

Communication home has been a challenge. The wireless internet provider here has proven to be a rip off and Soldiers are frustrated. Some changes are in the works, so we should be back online (for personal use…facebook, skype…) in the future, just don’t know how long that will be. The MWR here has some computers, but there are a lot of people using them and the time is limited. Today, probably because of the weather, they were down also. Be patient if you haven’t heard from your loved one, but if you have concerns feel free to shoot me an e-mail. Take care back home. We miss you all. Go Pack!!

-1SG Winchel


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