View Full Version : Thank You and Good Luck Sgt. Rock

Buddha Bear
2003-03-24, 13:29
I heard you may be deployed soon, and I want to extend my thanks to you and all our armed forces for defending our country. Best of luck Sarge, and come back safely!

SGT Rock
2003-03-24, 13:37
Thanks. I should have a time line by at least the end of the week if not by the end of today. Things are picking up on this.

2003-03-24, 14:26
Well, even when you get a timeline, it's subject to change, as you probably know all too well. One of my duties is legal processing for deployment, and I have seen some of the same faces 5 or 6 times in the last half year. The first time, they come through and actually get a will or a power of attorney; all subsequent visits are just to keep their deployment checklist fresh -- apparently you have to process within 30 days of deployment, or at least that's the policy. Some of these guys have had deployment dates change on them 10+ times.

Mine not to wonder why, I suppose.

SGT Rock
2003-03-24, 14:47
I'll just say this: I have had a timeline already, but I didn't think it was "accurate" enough to take it seriously. I think the real one will be comming soon. I already keep a will and a power of attorney becuae I've been through this drill before. Better to think about these things way before the deployment ever comes - like life insurance and IRAs.

2003-03-24, 18:50
Haven't read you in a long time... facing the current crisis I did a search for your name and found your website again...

but good to hear you are doing well !

just returned from a stay in the netherlands (worked for a gamecompany for 5 weeks in my semester break) now I prepare for my second semester at university of magdeburg
diploma engineer in computational visualistics may be my title in some years hehe, I enjoy studying a lot :)

while I am not at all in favor of this war, I wish you all the best and "soldier's luck" (Soldatenglück) how they said in the army here. hopefully all works well for the allies and especially the civilians...

I really, really hope fortune is with you !


SGT Rock
2003-03-24, 19:56
CB, great to hear from you. Thanks.

Before anyone picks on CB, he is an old friend from Germany. I value his opinions and he is a stand up guy that will never waiver from his convictions. I would defend his right to say whatever he wants.

To follow up one of my previous posts, word has finally (sort of) come. Looks like I will be leaving if everything is set like they say - by Friday of this week.

2003-03-24, 23:45
I am going to miss you. Heck I've been missing you for the last month. If you get access to e-mail, I assume you will get it to us, You can call the crap we will fill up your mailbox with "hiker spam"

Seriously Be Very Careful

If your family needs anything, have them get in touch with me, if I can help, I will.

Keep your powder dry.
May the forest be with you.


p.s. If it makes any difference to you, I believe we are doing the right thing. Not for weapons of mass destruction, but because of human rights violations. I hold it in a similar light to the rapist who gets away with his crime because the neighbors near the alley "don't want to get involved, none of their business" Someone has to do the right thing. If it has to us every time, than so be it.

2003-03-24, 23:58
sarge, my thoughts will be with you and your family during your coming deployment. i'm proud to know you. be safe, dude!

no sniveling here.

2003-03-25, 00:51
Take care soldier.


2003-03-25, 08:10
Thanks for the information and sense of community that you have built here and over at Whiteblaze.net so far.

Most of all, thanks for the very important work you do. Thanks to Dixie Critter and your family for thier important contributions as well.

Take Care.

Rick B

2003-03-25, 09:50
Kick some Butt Top.

2003-03-25, 12:18
Keep on Rockin' in the free world, Sarge!

2003-03-25, 15:15
I just wanted to thank you all for your support and well wishes. It means alot.


2003-03-25, 23:23
Got a strong feeling that you'll be back before you know it, hale and hearty. I'm never wrong about these things. You all have my admiration and respect.

2003-03-26, 00:00
Good Luck Sgt. Rock! I hope you return very soon. Your site has been invaluable to me especially your advise on Hennessy Hammock tips. Thank you for your service to our country.

2003-03-26, 08:06
thank you dixi for the sacrifices you and the family have to take, your strength is aspiring for others

2003-03-26, 09:08
Sgt. Rock, may your deployment be brief, your mission successful, and your family strong. Thanks for the way you give of yourself to your country, your family, and the hiking community.

2003-03-26, 13:19
Top (and Dixicritter), meant to put this in my earlier post but forgot. If you need anything, let me know. Understand that you will have organic support both at Polk and downrange, but the offer's open.

2003-03-26, 15:39
hurry home.

2003-03-26, 18:26
Top - I can't say it any better than DebW an Sundog already have. Ditto those.

May all yer arrers fly true.

Watch yer top-knot!

2003-03-27, 09:13
It's 5:00 AM Thursday March 27,2003 here in western Oregon. Sun's not up yet. Forty rwo degrees and damp. Awoke early and somehow found your website for the first time. If I understand correctly, you may be deployed tomorrow. So who knows if and when you'll see this post. Anyway, first I want to thank you for your service to this country for the last 18 years. Second, I want you to know we'll be praying for you daily here until you return. This is going to be a tough one. It looks to me like the Army saved some of the best for last. Third, your family here state-side shouldn't want for anything. Any problem, you just float us an email and it'll be taken care of.

My 12-year-old daughter and I took our dog, Major, (an officer, not quite a gentleman)for a little hike yesterday in what is essentially a rain forest. During a break in the laughing and horsing around, I thought about the troops in the desert experiencing almost the exact opposite conditions. Maybe not everybody understands that we get to stay "green" because you guys man the perimeter and keep us safe, but most of us understand and we love ya.

2003-03-27, 09:33
Good Luck, The people of this country do and will support our soldiers in the field. While your gone I'll remember you every time I hang a hammock round the old oak tree. Keep safe.


2003-03-27, 11:25
Thanks for what you do, SGT Rock. Be careful. Get it done. God bless you and your family.

2003-03-27, 22:26
Rock, watch your back and keep your head down.

SGT Rock
2003-03-30, 01:18
Howdy all!

I just finished packing my Ruck and before you ask - no, I did not weigh it. Weighing that thing might depress me LOL. My individual equipment and body armor has more stuff hanging off it than Macy's Christmas Tree. I've added the book "Walking on the Happy Side of Misery" as something to read on the plane ride over.

In case you want to mail me, my address is:

1SG Engman, Ernest B.
G Troop 2/2 ACR
Unit # 92378
APO AE 09322-2378

No pork, no porn, no religious stuff, no alcohol, and initially packages less than 13 ounces. Letters and AT PHOTOS appriciated more than you might imagine. My plan is to write my wife and have her post stuff from me, so if you write and I don't answer right away, that is because I only have so many envelopes, paper, and stamps - it isn't a snub.

Dixicritter will keep the site rolling while I'm out, I never picked any assistant Admins because my time off has been very limited. She may appoint some moderators or something to help out, but I trust her to figure that out. Be nice to her please :D

There is a lot would love to say, but right now I'm at a loss for words and I'm tired as all get out. I should have time for maybe a couple of posts tommorrow but then I'll be flying out very soon but the exact time is secret, and someties the plan changes so often it's hard to keep up with - if you ever served you would know what I mean.

2003-03-30, 02:07
Break a leg! (one belonging to the Republican Guard preferably)

They say this will be short, and I hope it will be.

Im no where near the AT, but would you settle for pics of the CDT and the rest of the Rockys?

ps: I have a bit of experience with various peices of forum software, so if Dixi has any questions, I might have an answer.

2003-03-30, 05:45
The address, I (as European) just slap "USA" below it and it will get to him ? or do I need to have the address of the camp where he serves at ?

SGT Rock
2003-03-30, 10:01
Sgathak - the rockies would be great.

CB - That is a new question on me. I would assume you would slap USA on it like you would mail to the states from Germany. Then once it got to the US postal system it would be sent to the APO address. There is no camp for me to be in, at least not yet. Look for news coverage of Army stuff moving up the Iraqi highways and you may find my unit running in the desert somewhere - I've already seen a cavalryman I know in the 7th Cavalry in an interview on Fox News.

2003-03-30, 18:07
thx for the info, be prepared for some ugly german postcards ;)
too bad the area around here is so flat (north east) maybe I can organise some from the alpes better for your hiking heart.

too much war coverage is quite depressing so, at least for me...
it shows the ongoing failing of mankind and humanity.

it's a weird feeling knowing that you will be down there, but hey, you know your job =) and hopefully the strategy works out. I am not an optimist when it comes to these things, but the faith moves mountains, and if it wasnt for hope and love of life what else would there be to live for.

2003-03-30, 19:16
Sgt. Rock,

Thank for all the time you spent on this forum and helping all of us. I so wish you and your family the very best and hope you get back home soon. Others have said my feeling much better than I can say or write them, so all I will say, is a simple Thank you for helping to keep us all safe and in the Land Of The Free. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Ed (Never Alone) aka Walkerat99

2003-03-31, 14:28
ah, ugly German postcards. My favorite from my old college roommate in Würzburg was a simple yellow card with black text, but the message was good: "Wer ficken will, muss freundlich sein!"

If'n you don't get the saying, don't ask me. Wouldn't want to overtly violate the rules of civilirt and good taste here. :)

2003-03-31, 20:37
sarge, guess by now you are there. been there done that.in 91.fair winds and following sands. heart is with you on a safe return. the sooner the better. lots to chat about on the hennessey. so come on back safe and sound. hope to see you on the at, you north bound and me south bound.tip a few on a zero day. remembering the "good old days", swapping a few war stories...etc...bottom line. get back and take care of this forum. nuff said. not to say, that dixiecritter isn't doing a good job, but sarge, you are the man.

p.s. if you are really thinking of changing your name, change it to top kick.