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I’ve got a pocketful of crosses that won’t let me sleep. Celtic crosses, Greek Orthodox crosses, Protestant crosses, Army issue pewter crosses. They’ve been there for three days. Until now, they’ve not been a problem. But tonight, as I try to get to sleep in my ACU pants to stay warm, the crosses feel like a rock in my hip. Much larger than the real rocks underneath the tent floor.

I’m sleeping in a tent on the surface of the Mojave Desert during the March rotation of the Army’s National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California. We are the first Army brigade in over a decade to do a force-on-force rotation at NTC. Which means constantly moving, no FOBs in the “box” – an area of the desert about as large as Rhode Island. It’s a total expeditionary decisive action. The world’s largest war game of laser tag. Philmont Scout…

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