Another stop in the whirlwind that was my life in Special Forces, ODA 022 was pulled to Scotland for company-level training straight from HAVE ACE.  If you haven’t read the book yet, you’ll love the section where we tried to check several boxes full of machine guns onto a civilian plane in the US bound for Scotland.  Good times.

Scotland was another amazing experience, which is why it got its own chapter in “Love Me When I’m Gone.”  Even though we were living in some pretty deplorable conditions (see picture below, we lived the barracks where the British SAS do part of their selection course), we had each other and soon after discovering that Scotland sells Guinness in either “cold” or “extra cold” straight from the tap at bars, we knew we were in for a good time.

While HAVE ACE was my first time to operate with the entire team, Scotland was the first time I was with the team and operating with the entire company.  During our time there we got to play in the beautiful but dreary Scottish countryside, proving the Special Forces motto that “if it ain’t raining, we ain’t training.”

During our time in Scotland we worked on shooting skills, CQB, driving through rough terrain, demolitions, small unit tactics, and of course, ended the entire thing with a very long Full Mission Profile.

Although it was cold and damp, thankfully we had a sense of humor to keep each other entertained. And we had Guinness, which never hurts.

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