Archive for the ‘In Country’ category

A Lost People

March 22nd, 2013

Afghanistan is a country that has known war for its entire existence. The country as we know it, was founded in 1919. In the century before that, the British fought three separate wars here. The first king of Afghanistan, Amanullah Khan, abdicated only 10 years later in 1929. His successor was assassinated only 4 years [...]

As they are starting to draw down in theater and close certain FOBs, they are also looking at ways to cut back and save money. Someone came up with the bright idea of cancelling breakfast. Instead of going to the DFAC, soldiers pick up and MRE the night before. They did it at a few of [...]

The Afghan Crud

February 15th, 2013

So this post is a little late…well, it’s a lot late, but in addition to the normal busyness and travelling, my office was hit with the “The Afghan Crud,” a nasty bug in an already nasty flu season.  Last time, I was sick at the three week mark.  This time it took longer, but it [...]

On Second Thought

February 4th, 2013

So I had planned on closing down the blog…leaving it up for posterity sake, but not really commenting any more.  Some of my friends decided to contact me (and I know I haven’t been good about responding, I promise I will), one even commented on the blog, to suggest that I keep it going. Posting [...]

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2012

“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Merry Christmas from Afghanistan! Christmas is a little different around here. We had a nice lunch/dinner…turkey, prime rib, [...]

The TOA Ceremony is now complete. I had a good idea for a script, “I had it, you got it, Peace Out!” but they turned it down. There were about 20 stars worth of generals up there, so it probably would not have been all that appropriate. Still, the bags are packed, the tents are [...]

OK, I Admit It…

September 26th, 2012

I confess…I’m starting to get excited. I moved out of my room, turned in some of my gear, packed all my bags and turned everything over to my replacement. Soon I will be leaving the country. Then, after a short stay at the world’s premier army base to de-armyify, I am home! I am very excited [...]

Make New Friends, Keep the Old

September 19th, 2012

I had intended on posting a short clip from Futurama, but youtube went apoplectic when I uploaded a 40 second clip.  It’s a shame, too, as it was a good clip.  Alas, fair use is somewhat arbitrary, so the video came down. Still, the arrival of our replacements feels good in more ways than one. First, it [...]

Long Awaited, Much Anticipated…

September 17th, 2012

They’re here! Our reliefs are here! Another mini-milestone has passed. It was good to be re-united with old friends, albeit temporarily. They’ll be plenty of time to catch up once they are settled and rested. It is getting harder and harder not to get excited. There is still a job to do, right up until [...]

Movin’ On Up!

September 14th, 2012

It ain’t the east side. It ain’t all that “up” either. However, in prepping for our relief we must also prep the living accommodations. Thus, we all have to move out of our permanent quarters and into a 16 man, open bay tent…with broken AC. Fortunately, it is for a relatively short period of time. Whats [...]