13 Jul 2009 @ 2:06 PM 

Afghanistan Redux


I arrived back in Afghanistan today after the most grueling trip I’ve ever had to get halfway around the world. Kuwait was hairdryer-hot, moving as an individual is murderous, and there are many moving parts. But after sitting in Kuwait for only about a day suddenly everything took off at a rapid pace. Kudos to CSTC-A for having a liaison at Bagram who received us and pushed us on to Kabul in just about twelve hours. Nice.

I tried to publish from Kuwait, but couldn’t get it done. The internet there just absolutely blows.

Bagram has changed a fair amount. One DFAC torn down to make room for tents, the dining facility moved across Disney. The stop signs at Four Corners are gone. Nice for traffic on Disney, not so nice for those on the cross street or pedestrians. It is still a world unto itself. Still a sniper check salute zone.

There will be more information on what I’m actually doing here and why in the near future. I am very very tired and just need to get some rest. It was a marathon getting here, and I’ve been fighting off a respiratory infection the whole way. Nothing like being in heat so hot that you feel like you need to move to get away from the heating element, but it’s all around you… and being sick at the same time.

For now, let’s just say that I am trying to do what I can to make a difference in Afghanistan this year. It’s all that I can do to influence something that I believe in. It’s not enough to sit by and talk about it. I had to do something. Some things are worth fighting for; and when they are, it’s time to fight. If not me, who? If not now, when?

So I said, “Here I am, send me.”

And they did. So here I am.

Tags Categories: Afghanistan, COIN Posted By: Old Blue
Last Edit: 13 Jul 2009 @ 02 06 PM


Responses to this post » (4 Total)

  1. Jean says:

    Congrats on your safe arrival. Boo on the respiratory yucks.
    Take care of yourself!

  2. Ky Woman says:

    Sooo nice to know that you made it to the newest destination. It’s even better to hear that CSTC-A has someone that understands the importance of timely departures and arrivals. There are reports that it isn’t always so. Well, at least for some.
    Pretty amazing that Bagram has changed to some degree, but the salutes must continue. That may never change. Go figure.

    Get plenty of rest while you can, when you can. If you need anything for the respiratory infection, just let us know. We’ll have Walgreen’s shopped and shipped out on the double. Or anything else you need/want.

    Till the next time, stay safe in that place where you are.

  3. brat says:

    Glad you got there safely. Prayers for you ongoing….

  4. David M says:

    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 07/14/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

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