7.714, A Number To Remember

Editor's Note: Mal ,Ollie and Andy have left Iraq safe and sound, and they would like to thank everyone who has written to them and passed on kind words and comments.

December 20, 2006

Ones and zeros are what dominate the fore thoughts of the U.S. Army Data Company. No doubt this elite unit has a motto, that would probably be something like "Byte Hard."

All units in the armed forces have mottos that they use to impress the history and spirit of the unit, forged on battlegrounds from past wars. The 1st Army Data Company, being a new unit, is forging its colors on the sands of Iraq.

Actually, most Command and Operations Centers in Iraq resemble something from NASA, complete with real time monitors and more computer power than it takes to put the space shuttle up in space.

To a degree, numbers can start to dominate our lives in Iraq. You find yourself doing calculations just for the sake of it. For example, to enter the Mess Hall at Hurricane Point and get food, everyone has to fill two sand bags and each sand bag weighs forty pounds. Hence the following:

3 People in our team, Ollie, Andy and myself.
12 Days on station at Hurricane Point
2 Meals a day
2 Sandbags a meal


3 x 12 = 36 (people x days)
36 x 2 = 72 (people days x meals)
72 x 6 = 432 (meals x two sandbags per meal = Number of Sandbags filled by us)
432 x 40 = 17,280 (Number of sandbags filled x weight of each sandbag)

Thus we sandbagged 17,280 lbs of Sand

17,280 lbs = 7838 kgs or 7.714 Tons of Sand

Now add together 7+7+1+4 = 19

1+9 = 10

10 is essence a One and a Zero.

Thus, we have proved by binary calculus that the US Army First Data Company plays a major factor in the FOX News Coverage efforts in gathering News from the battlefields of Iraq.

It's either that, or it could be the omen for the next Powerball Number in a multimillion dollar lottery draw.

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Mal James is a combat cameraman for the FOX News Channel. He was recently in Iraq with Lt. Col. Oliver North and the "War Stories" team. You can read his daily blog from that trip here. Mal writes a regular blog on life on the road covering the Middle East and Worldwide trouble spots for FOX News. You can read it here.