"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
Saturday, November 22, 2014
FAO Pro Tip #2 or You're only a handshake away
I posted my first FAO Pro tip here--the ever essential VAPORUB.
Of near equal importance are these anti-bacterial wipes: Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes Singles, 24-Count (Pack of 5) These should be standard issue when you in-process through AFRICOM (or whatever your COCOM) on the way to the continent. I wish I had had more common sense my first six months on the job and used these religiously as my darling and wise wife counseled.
As a FAO you shake more hands than you'd ever imagine--couple this with myriad receptions that favor finger foods and you have a lethal intestinal combination just waiting to erupt. Nowadays I make sure to always carry a couple of these in my pocket to prevent another night curled up in anguish on the bathroom tile (see future blog post "Ode to a toilet bowl").
In this era of fiscal incertitude, the Department of Defense could save hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost workdays by spending $60 to buy a two-year supply of Wet Wipes for every FAO headed downrange. If that prevents even one sick day during a two year tour they would pay for themselves many times over.
Or, you could just click the image below and buy yourself a five-pack for $11 that will last you a year.