Friday, September 05, 2008
My third squad member, a former infantryman undergoing PSYOP training in NorCal, came down with a hernia (!) and will be delayed from deploying. In the interim, command assigned me Specialist James Duldulao, a 28-year old caregiver from Walnut (Los Angeles).
The last name is a little tricky - pronounced DOO-dool-ow, we call him "The Dude" for short. Pensive, reserved, and whip-smart, the Dude holds a BA in Psychology and is working on his Masters in teaching. He joined the Army in 2006 and should benefit from the GI Bill for his school payments.
I've got a high-powered squad, now. If command clues in, they'll probably grab one of my guys for another team and give me a "slower" soldier to train. I hope that doesn't happen.