03 Oct 2009 @ 4:08 AM 

A Moment In Time


I had to go back to the rotary wing pax (passenger) terminal at Bagram to find the show time for the next leg our trip to a place where helicopters only go every few days. A flight of two Blackhawks came in low and fast while we were walking towards the terminal (which is just a large pole building.).

“MEDEVAC,” said Jean-Luc, my cohort on this trip. “See? They come in very fast.”

“Yes, perhaps,” I said, knowing that he was probably right.

We checked on our bags, which were parked directly where we had left them, and I went outside, lit a smoke and gazed out towards the Blackhawk sitting on the flight line, rotors still turning about a 75 meters away. I saw three people carrying a stretcher away from the chopper. I thought it odd that a MEDEVAC was unloading this far from the hospital.

Then I caught a glimpse of red and white stripes. A flag.

I’ve never been so disappointed to catch a fleeting glimpse of our flag.
The crew chief held a salute as the second body was placed inside and the vehicle was closed up. He slowly dropped it as the vehicle left the flight line. He then turned again to his duties on the helicopter, which soon pivoted on its landing gear and moved away. The chopper and crew had now completed their role in the tragedy of the day at Bagram; the tragedy of a lifetime for two families back in the United States.

I was merely a mute, chance witness to the end of the first leg of their journey home.

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Posted By: Old Blue
Last Edit: 03 Oct 2009 @ 04 08 AM


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  1. Jean says:

    Prayers offered for the souls of those heroes and for the broken hearts of their families and friends.

    hugs to you, Blue.

  2. coffeypot says:

    That is the single most horrible thing about a KIA; how the death effects every living soul who knew them. Keep the faith, Blue…and quit smoking. That stuff can kill you.

  3. John M says:

    My son is in Bagram right now on his way home for R&R. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those heroes. I live every day with the possibility that my son could be one of those who come home draped in a flag. Fortunately, at least this time, we will be able to see him. Thanks Blue for keeping us updated on the effort there.

  4. OldSoldier54 says:

    I pray for those left behind always, that He Himself would go and be a Balm on their grief. I don’t know what else to do.

    Charlie Mike, brother.

  5. Ky Woman says:

    You know my feelings on this already…

    More prayers sent unceasing.

    Stay safe out there, please.


  6. kimberly says:

    God be with all of them,coming home and left behind-May He be with thir families and keep them strong,as the way they were when they saw their loved ones off to the war.Bless all of you soldiers,past and present!

  7. Walt says:

    It never gets easier.

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