Beau, a reader of TFB from way back when I first started the blog, took this photo recently of the first hot meal he had eaten in two days. The rifle on the right is his standard M4 with an ACOG optic. The green bag contains night vision goggles. Everything is sitting on a TQG (10 Kilowatt Tactical Quiet Generator).

Beau is an US Army UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Shadow RQ-7B Maintainer. Thier RQ-7B is just outside the frame of this photo. He was careful to point out that his brother in the Air Force gave him that coffee cup.





  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Add a little pepper spray and you’re south of the border.

    • Sianmink

      Mmmmmm Incapacitating!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Always nice to meet another gun-nut Simpsons fan.
        Too bad Harry Shearer is quitting.

        • Rock or Something

          To be fair, the Simpsons ceased to be funny years ago.

          • TheNotoriousIUD


          • David P.

            But will will always have “The Cartridge Family” episode. It remains permanent on my dvr.

  • Burst

    Any vets wanna let me know what I’m looking at in the upper right quadrant?

    cereal or hash maybe?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      You don’t wanna know.

    • William M Butler MSG USA ret

      Bushy grass like stuff

    • Mister Thomas

      Could be potatoes – hash browns. I see something green, hopefully that’s bell pepper. Or jalapeno.

    • jamezb

      I’m thinking the Texacan breakfast favorite, refried beans with peppers and onions. I got used to potatos, beans and tortillas alongside traditional breakfast items in Texas, and let me tell you, they are a great addition to a hot breakfast.

    • Guy

      From my experience I’d say it looks like the hash browns we usually got for hot A’s. Not too bad if you can get some salt and pepper, actually. Now the eggs are a different story…. essentially luke-warm, tasteless rubber.

    • n0truscotsman

      hash browns, soggy type, flat tasting. 😉

      If you want to know a contender for poorest quality hash browns ever, they’re the top choice.

    • Brian S

      You’re better off not knowing 🙂

  • USMC03Vet

    Tray rats and hot wets?

    5 star accommodations in the field.

  • YUT

    OMG, 2 whole days without a hot meal. Watch out everyone, we got a badass over here.

    • Jon

      And somehow we are supposed to believe that you are a badass lol Tough Blog Trash Talker over here Hahahaha

      • Herr Wolf

        It’s hardly roughing it compared to soldiers over the millenia that have eaten on campaign only what they could scrounge up

        • Jon

          Yeah times have changed….quit living in the past. I respect everyone that came before us but I get sick of internet tough guys trying to act stupid because they think they had it rougher. One team, one fight… support, dont be a one upper.

  • Grindstone50k

    Troll brother, 9/10

  • William M Butler MSG USA ret

    Awwh Gee! 2 days without hot food! Oh please. After a couple of months, come back and tell everyone your tale of Whoa!

    • Guy

      And the keyboard warriors come out of the woodwork.

    • Jon

      Of course leave it to a ret MSG to be a internet blog tough guy lol I guess the responsibility of a 1SG was just too much for you to handle.

  • Mister Thomas

    Happiness is indeed a warm gun – and a HOT breakfast. Hopefully the coffee is also strong.

  • John

    Cherish these moments, Beau. Eating faux-French toast and cold scrambled eggs off a chintzy Styrofoam tray with your automatic rifle sitting on top of a multi million dollar piece of restricted military technology in the middle of a desert morning will be one of the single defining events of your entire life.

    Also, drink juice right now. Save the coffee for later on, so you don’t build up tolerance and your body won’t scream at you from every aching, miserable bone and joint when you struggle to get out of bed ten years from now.

    Thanks for your service. More importantly, thanks for going so I don’t have to.


  • Lance

    Can’t beat 3 hots and a cot…. and a Nice M-4!

  • jerry the geek

    Beats the HELL out of C-rats in a mouldy tin canteen cup!

  • Brian Forever

    That chow looks alot better than the dead bats and cats Beau would leave on his roomate’s car!