September 29, 2009
The Jackal Stone Special Operations Training Exercise is now officially finished with the successful completion of the closing ceremony Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26. And as with all military operations (especially special operations in my experience), flexibility remained key. You see, we set up for the ceremony on a concrete “parade field” area on Zemunik Air Base near Zadar, Croatia (beautiful area by the way). Of course, we had already briefed the boss, we’d conducted a rehearsal, and we had set up all of the props – chairs, podium, speakers, etc. Those scheduled to be given awards were seated and awaiting the beginning of the ceremony. The plan was in place.