Livin' On the Right Side of the River From Pags!
As a former PTAE (pre-mob trainer) I can tell you with no uncertainty that I would NEVER allow a -60 pilot to go get ice. Sure, he'll be back (in a day or so) but half the ice will have been used on Gin & Tonics, Old Fashion's, and cheap Scotch.Oh yeah, forgot to say I have 23 qualifying years.
Almost certainly not the R. Just ass and trash in a place that is NOT Iraq!
I don't mind the deployment as much as the pre-mob at Ft. Hood. Ft. Hood isn't SERE school, but I feel like you can see it from there. Nothing like tossing you the keys to a $15m helicopter while also saying we don't trust you to drive to the convenient store to get ice, even though our ice maker is broken and we can't fix it. LOL Also, deploying wearing David Clarks beats the hell out of 40 lbs worth of body armor, survival gear and weapons.