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Old 04-02-2004, 10:53 PM
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Marine life is good and I am doing fine. It is a lot of work. A week ago I graduated the School of Infantry as an 0311, Basic Rifleman, and let me tell you, very challenging course. We learned the basic weapons systems, like the M67 Fragmentaion greande, the M203 Grenade launcher, the M249 SAW (squad automatic weapon), the AT-4 anti-tank rocket launcher. The we learned the basics of patrolling tactics, defense, and MOUT( Military Operations in Urban Terrain). Tha was my favorite, it is like SWAT team type stuff, clearing rooms and buildings and fighting in the streets. It was tough, we had a 5,10,15, and 20K hike as well as many nights with no sleep. But now that I graduated there, I have been selected for a special job, only 31 positions available in my company of 300. So I have began The LAV Crewmans Course, MOS 0313. The LAV is a light armored vehicle. I have included a picture of it, since most cant really imagine what it looks like. It weighs 14 tons, has 8 wheels with 8 wheel drive capability, has a 265 hp turbo charged V6 Detroit Diesel, its amphibious, runs about 85 mph. It is virtually unstoppable! Very Motivating! The weapons systems it has is a 25mm machine gun that shoots armor piercing incendiary rounds or High explosive rounds, with a maximum effectvie range of 3000 meters and max range of 12,500 meters. You can hit a 6 inch sqaure at 2 miles! It also has 2 M240G 7.62 machine guns mounted on top and one mounted coaxially that sits next to the 25mm Bushmaster and its zeroed in, so you can fire it from the gunners turret.. So i am very happy with this job, even though it requires 6 more weeks of training. Basically our job is the tip of the spearhead. We go ahead of the foward units and conduct Light Armored Reconaissance. We recan the area, call in for air support or fire(artillery), destroy what we can within out SOP(Standard Operating Procedures) it tells you who and what you are allowed to shoot. Then once that is done, we call back and let the rest of the "crunchies", our knickname for the groundpounders, because thats the sound they make when you run them over! LOL! So we call them in to come and sweep the area.
Well, I wanted to let everyone know how I was, and what I have been up too. I have been very busy, and even had trouble stayng in contact with Mr. Berg, but now I have more time off during the wekk and weekends, so I will try to get online more often. Overall, I am enjoying my Marine Corps Career, and have been recently promoted to Private First Class, so at least Im not on the very bottom of the totem pole anymore! LOL. I graduate LAV School May 13, and go to 29 Palms, CA, its near Palm Springs. Big desert, so I will be purchasing a YZ450 soon to roost up the desert on. My unit (3rd LAR) will be deploying to Iraq in late August, September time frame, so I am looking forward to that. If anyone would like to email me, feel free to do so, or call me. My phone doesnt work on base because of the mountains, but you can leave a message, and I will return the call on a weekend. E-Mail Matt484@aol.com
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I hope you are all well, and cant wait to talk to you soon.
Semper Fi!
PFC Matthew Sandt
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:06 PM
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Well I had the honor of talking to Private First Class Matt and what a joy it was. The last time I got to talk to Matt was at the GMB II Race and I didn't get to tell Matt bye before we left after the races.

I am glad to hear Matt is doing so well in exceeding in his classes and it makes me very proud to know Matt will be defending our Country and I am damn proud to have Matt as a great friend and enjoyed our times of fellowship and riding together.

GIVE'EM HELL MATT!
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:06 PM
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dang matt, i almost forgot about you! jeez its been forever since you last posted.

congrats on the schweet "job" if you can call it that, more like a "career". keep us posted and Semper Fi!

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Old 04-02-2004, 11:08 PM
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Matt, thanks for updating all of us. Glad to hear things are going so well for you, keep up the good work!

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I graduate LAV School May 13, and go to 29 Palms, CA, its near Palm Springs. Big desert, so I will be purchasing a YZ450 soon to roost up the desert on.
That is only about a 1-1.5 hour drive from us, and is very close to some riding areas we frequent, so when you get there...let us know and we can go riding.
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:32 PM
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Matt, I don't know you, but I can't begin to tell you how proud I am. Thank you for working so hard to protect our freedoms and for the sacrifices you've already made and those you'll make in the future. Congrats on the great start to an incredible career!
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Old 04-03-2004, 04:07 AM
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Great job Matt! Good to hear from you again. I know you will be a great at whatever you choose but dammit, stay safe!
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Hooah!!!
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Old 04-03-2004, 05:12 AM
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Nice work!! Stay safe bro!!
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Old 04-03-2004, 08:28 AM
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Matt, it is great to know we have such fine people out there serving our country. I am proud to know you thru ATM and hope to meet you sometime in the future.
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:50 AM
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Nice to hear from you again Matt. Glad to hear everything is going well for you, sounds like you're really enjoying what you are doing. Congradulations, keep up the hard work, and keep us posted for sure!

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