He is an Italian Immigrant trying to gain citizen ship; he is THE Yoda of HMMWV's and more of an "American" than most people I know.
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The machine is an M644 TRAM outfit with our armor CPK (crew protection kit) 3/4" steel and 2.20" transparent armor. The IED appears to be a 155 artillery round that went off by pressure detonator when the front tire hit. The blast happen right under the cab area and destroyed the engine, hydro system and tranny along with all the original metal parts. The cab is untouched: lost a rear flood light and 1/3 of the rear view mirror. The Marine inside walked out without a scratch.
This vehicle is part of a prototype effort we designed, mocked up and finished and deliver in a total of 31 days. The prototype went to Aberdeen and 6 crated kits were sent to Iraq on May 30th 2006. Two weeks after the delivery June 15th, 5 out of 6 were already in theater, all complete and installed.
If we worked with the usual slow motion of many big companies in this business, the Marine who walked out the machine early this past October, may have not been walking at all today.
We all worked long hours, nights, days, weekends, holidays, in the heat or in the rain to finish the prototype, but there is no better pay than knowing you contributed to saving a life.
That's the reason why I go to work.
Wildboar - "paint em up like big scary clowns. Maybe put a huge chainsaw on one arm."