My name is SGT Troy Matthews.
I am married with three children, and a cool dog. I worked with WKQQ in the past with DeadAir Dennis, TNT Tilford & the Bob & Tom Show back in the late 90's.
When I am not playing Army, I am a recruiter for the Kentucky Army National Guard in Lexington, KY.
THINGS I LOVE:
Playing the drums, Lifting heavy things, Adult beverages, Concerts-That-Don't-Suck, and Anything that creates noise or chaos! Did I mention I mow my own lawn?
THINGS THAT MATTER MOST:
My awesome (3.9 GPA) wife and kids, WKQQ, the UFC and my dog.
THINGS I DISLIKE:
Hot weather, Clothing, Cheesy "rock" Bands, (the current list is too long), American Idol, Pizza that is too hot, beer that is ONE DEGREE to warm.
Questions I've gotten from WKQQ Rockers:
What do you do for the Army?
I am a Combat Engineer, who does route clearance and recon. (translated: I look for things that go boom, and remove them, or blow them up, and I hunt terrorists. If you're interested in a career in the 'Guard', click here: www.1800GOGUARD.com)
Do you ever get scared?
It would be great if you had a moment to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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I havent wrote in a while. I have been super busy with this deployment. We still take rockets several times a week, and it still is dangerous here. However, I really dont mind since I am getting short in my time here. (this is good, because about the time you start to get numb to rockets and mortars, its time to get away from this environment) Other than the rocket attacks it has been a quiet deployment. I havent been in direct combat this round, and I am ok with this. I've seen enough in my life that I really dont want to see any more of it. I have close to 20 years of service, and its about time I let someone else do this.
I'm just not going to be as hard a charger as I once was. I mean I've gave almost 20 years of service with the Kentucky National Guard. Most of the time has been good, and some bad. But the good out weighs the bad. So, I will phase the military aspect of my life out. I've done enough I feel. The process of coming home is stressful. You wouldn't think it would be, and make no mistake I really want to come home. It's just you have been "keyed up" for months on end and its time to start becoming a civilian again.
I know I change every time I deploy, and it makes it tough on my family and friends who have really no idea what its like to be deployed. I just ask that everyone be patient with me while I decompress after a long hard ride. Unless you have been deployed this will not make any sense to you at all. People ask what did you do, and I am going to have to reply with, "Even if I told you, you would not believe me or understand. I'd rather not talk about it." But I am excited to be coming home by the end of the year. It may be early typing this out, but I need something to keep me motivated on the final prize which is coming home, safe and sound. Get back to doing simple stuff with family like going out to eat, get groceries, attend church, and spending time with my family and close friends. Get back to doing what matters in life. Spending time with the people I cherish and care about most of all.
Some things I have noticed, that people we love and care about get "busy" when back at home. If you know of anyone deployed, take some time out of your "busy" day just to say, "I'm thinking of you, thank-you for what you are doing." It goes a long way. Keeps us motivated that someone took the time to care and say something that is more valuable than any care package. Just saying I'm thinking of you. All to often we get caught up in day to day life back in the United States and forget those of us deployed, away from our families and loved ones. So have some compassion today reading this. And do the right thing. Just say hello to us.
Well, I am going to bounce for a little bit, ride this out a few more weeks then start the process of coming home, and returning to "normal."
God Bless you, and take care!
Rock-n-Roll Soldier aka: "Tripod Troy Matthews"
Hey! Been over a month here at my new location and Ramadan is almost over. Ramadan is a month of fasting and praying in the Muslim religion. They don't fast the ENTIRE 30 days. Just during the daylight hours. Not any food, water, gum smokes....nothing. They eat around night fall. It sounds too hard-core for me, so I choose not to be a Muslim. We still take rockets everyday. Now several times a day. Its as if they are more dead pan on getting rid of us Americans in this region. I am not a fan of rockets, or being shot at. So if I can leave this country sooner than later I would NOT be sad in the least. I wouldn't miss it at all. I got to thinking. So much of nothing here.
So much desolate areas for miles and miles in every direction and poorly developed. Im glad I dont live here. Id be angry too. Plenty amounts of dust and heat. Plenty of ridiculously steep mountains.
Impassable by any vehicle. Almost impassable by foot. We take so much for granted in the United States. Like how everything is convenient.
Yes even if you live in the sticks its more convenient than it is here. Trust me. The availability of everything we have in the U.S. is remarkable. You want a steak, you get in your car drive less than an hour you get a steak, You want ice cream, you get in your car and get ice cream. Not here you dont. Oh, and dont get me started on health standards here. You think a B+ on a health code violation (the thingy's in the window's of restaurants that the food inspectors rate your establishment on cleanliness, freshness of food, properly cooked
etc) in the states is bad....eat here at ANY fine restaurant and tell me you wouldnt have butt piss for a week. Yes I said butt piss. Yeah I am grumpy today. More rockets than normal. What ever that's supposed to mean. Its weird. I can go from dead asleep to hearing the air raid siren and be on the floor in less than 2 seconds. My bed is 39" off the floor. So plenty of bruises. Anywhere you walk around you hear that siren, you'd better be flat as a pancake in 2 seconds or less or you may become a pink mist. Even on the ground you are not guaranteed not to ripped to shreds by shrapnel, but we can hope by getting as flat as we can, as fast as we can. It really messes with your sleep too. You dream about the alarms, and wake up on the floor freaking out, and wondering why you are on the floor over a dream you had about the alarm. Yeah. It may be safe to say I have PTSD. At least a mild form of it. Lol. On a positive note, I can still communicate with my family on a regular basis. Which brings the most joy to me on a frequent basis. Care packages rock also. Its like, "Oh, look its not my birthday and you sent me something." :) yeah, miss home, hate this country. Hate deployments. Still love America. God Bless You. Suck it Taliban.
Hey! Well, made it to another base here in lovely Afghanistan. Looks like this may be permanent. We were told that when we arrived to this new location that they take rockets everyday. I thought to myself, there is no-way any base takes rockets every day. Well, I have been here 12 days and have had 12 rocket attacks so far. So I sit typing this out in full body armor, waiting to get attacked again today. You have to ask, "Troy, isnt there an easier way to make money?" Im sure there is. On a positive note, I have not used any tobacco in over a month now. The tobacco here (dip or smokes) tastes really weird to me, so I just quit all together. Care packages are slowing down again.
It's cool. It is summer time and people arent thinking about soldiers out here in the wild. Im guilty of it too, so dont feel bad. I do feel bad for the Joe who doesnt or hasnt received anything from home since he or she has been here. Makes me furious. Oh...be right back....3rd rocket attack today. Gotta go check on my peeps....laters.
Still in the Stan, and got about a 1/3 of my deployment finished.
Still a long ways to go before I return back to our wonderful state, and be with those I love. The enemy is starting to get a little more aggressive. More rocket and mortar attacks, and our sister company was ambushed recently, with no injuries. Which is always good. I am moving to a different location that is less than desirable, and it makes me a little nervous going to this location. Over the last month or so, this area has had rocket attacks, and mortars everyday. The sad news is, people are getting seriously hurt. But this is my mission. This is what I do. Reluctantly at times, but Id be lying if I said I wasnt a little scared. So just keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We accept all. It's really weird the level of fitness we have to maintain here.
We work out 6 days a week. I look and feel amazing, but man this is getting difficult. But I guess this is why less than 1% of the entire population does what I do, and Im no 007, or Special Forces, or even Infantry for that matter. Those guys get my respect. I got a lot of soldiers who look up to me, so I have to put in a lot more effort.
(again its part of it) I may attempt a Iron Man contest or something like this when I get home. Lol. At 40, I am in the best shape of my life. And, getting better. Mrs. Tripod Troy will be pleased. :) I have no idea when I will be able to write again. We have to build where we sleep, so it looks like a round the clock thing until we get "dug in". Wish you all could do this with me from time to time. The good out weighs the bad, but when its bad. Its bad. I know you would if you could. Keep rockin' and living in the best part of the world in my opinion. Do what you do. However, be the best-version-of-yourself this week. Dont know why I added that, just trying to motivate you and myself. Until I write again, keep your head down, sweat so you dont bleed, help someone this week, and do something to improve yourself.
Thats an order. lol...take care...Im out.
Hey Double Q Rockers! What's good? Well, I hope a lot. Well, since my last installment of bathroom habits, a lot has happened here in the little country of Afghanistan where I am gratefully deployed too. Some things are grim. And Id rather not talk about them. But part of what we do here. I am on the move again, so I get to see a lot of interesting things. Changed up my static role here to a roving rascal.
Did I mention its hot here? Was outside working in the sun the other day and according to the temperature reading on my watch (so 007) said it was 117 degree's. It's nothing like Kentucky heat. We would all pass out from the humidity. No, its a very dry heat. Hasn't rained in a few weeks. I was afraid is was becoming the monsoon season. Gosh, 117 in all our little gear...and you think YOUR hot?? Bahahaha, join me please. I have to say and I will say it again, in my travels and observations, its a beautiful country. Just sucks its a war-zone.
Since my last little blog, we've took rockets and mortars several times. It's unnerving to hear the sirens because no-matter where you are at or what you are doing you have to react and get to safety no matter what you are doing. ( makes it REALLY fun if you are in the shower ) The creepy thing is that you never know where it's going to land. Other things I've noticed, they have rocks here. Everywhere. To walk on. Not the pleasant kind of little pebble's that are cute and easy to walk on. No. These are ankle breaker's. Most of the rocks are the size of golf-balls, up to softball size. And they are everywhere, on every post we go to. So, when I return, I should be able to run through any field of rocks, baseballs, car parts, small animals, with ease. On a positive note, my ankle strength would make Arnold Schwarzenegger envy me. Speaking of getting my swoll on, I hear Prince has a new song out. I hear it on repeat in our gym for the hour that I go. Over and over. Followed up by some other 2 crappy Hip-hop songs. I really miss my Rock! I would use my iPod (not a product endorsement) but it was hastily relocated for me. By someone else. I get "Care" packages from time to time, but they get lost. Some do. Not all.
Really frustrating. So, I am learning to be self sufficient. I appreciate all the care packages I've received so far and I am grateful. On a positive note, I've lost 37 lbs. I hardly notice myself in the mirror and my clothing fits weird now. So if you want a surefire way to loose weight, join the Army and deploy! Act now and we will throw in combat and rockets!! Did I mention I love working out? I run every flipping day here. Mainly because I am bored. And I want to look amazing. (someday, someday) almost see the abs... I know I was all over the place in this blog, but there is a lot Id love to share but cant. Maybe over a beer in the future we can talk. I could sure drink one today. Frosty, ice cold beer. I'd drink two if I had them.
But the rules say no beer for me while I am here. So keep a few in the fridge for me. Cool? Gotta bounce to a new location in a few. Will drop some werds on ya in the near future. Oh, and to my wife, Im sorry. I hope someday you will forgive me. I love you babe, hug and kiss the kids for me. Gotta run.
SSG Tripod Troy out!