Eagle9914 wrote:I got the worst case scenario in terms of deployment and was told yesterday and I'm leaving next Thursday (June 7). I am a replacement for someone who was unable to go. I want to admit now that I am not going to the sandbox, we are going to Kosovo of all places. [...] I was looking for a new multitool (I was thinking Leatherman MUT) and a new LED light, I was wanting a Surefire [...] any suggestions for necessary gear would be nice. Specifically light and "tacticool" multitool. Suggestions for any other gear that would be good to have would be a great help. Thanks Zombie Squad and I'll see ya in Eastern Europe.
ETA: The multitool I have a budget of around $120-ish, the light I want a Surefire for the same price range. I want both to be rugged and very dependable. I like biggest bang for my buck sorta deals. If suggesting to purchase something online it must have reputable and quick shipping because I only have till next Thursday.
Ok, first off: A deployment still sucks. So, kudos to you for going. A lot of people dodge out... you won't be worrying about the same kinds of things we had to worry about in Afghanistan, but you'll still be away from home for a while. It's tough.
Don't get a MUT. They're not that practical for anything other than cleaning a weapon... and you'll already have plenty of cleaning kits available downrange. I prefer the Leatherman Blast. It's comfy, sturdy, and has everything you're going to need in it. Plus, it comes in WELL below the $120 mark, especially if you buy it at the PX. For an LED light, the Sidewinder is a good one, but I broke two. I'm the only one I've known to break them, so take that for what it's worth. Other than that any LED flashlight is going to be good enough. Your unit should issue you one, anyway, so I'd focus on a head-lamp. Princeton makes good ones, and the cheapo Energizer LED Headlamps ($15 at wally-world) are great, as well. Much brighter than the princetons, but they're also a good deal heavier.
Everyone likes the biggest bang for the buck, and normally you're not going to have to spend all that much money to get a great price-quality ratio. Amazon is a very good place to order from, and they ship fast, even to APO's. I would normally get my Amazon shipment a full 2-3 weeks faster than normal mail... if the normal mail ever got there to begin with.
As far as whatever other gear you're going to need, you're a medic, so the biggest suggestion I would have had is already covered... a good first aid kit. Firestarters are good to have to, as are signaling devices. Unless you're deemed "Highly Likely to Become Isolated" those things most likely won't be issued to you, so you can pick them up on your own if you wish. A good ferro rod and signaling mirror would cover those bases just fine.
Otherwise, you'll pretty much want to get as much information as you can, even if it's not until you're there and getting into the swing of things, before you can decide what will be of benefit without wasting money. Resist the temptation to become a total gear-do, you won't win much respect from your fellow soldiers if you're all mall-ninja'd out. Of course, you could always get some tacticool stuff and give them away as gifts to newfound friends in the other nation's services... in my experience the Eastern European (and Afghani) soldiers LOVE American Tacticool stuff even more than the S-1 clerks.
Either way, be safe and come back home without any extra holes!