About Blue


I’m Old Blue, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom who has 27 months experience in Afghanistan in two tours. On my first tour, I was an embedded advisor with the Afghan National Police in Kapisa and Nuristan Provinces, Afghanistan.  My second tour found me teaching counterinsurgency, or COIN, in Afghanistan. I had to opportunity to train military members and civilians from over 30 countries. I got to spend some time in the East, including revisiting Kapisa and Tag Ab. I also spent a lot of time in Helmand Province, mostly working with British forces. The thing I am proudest of from my second tour is being part of the team that wrote the COIN Qualification Standards that were signed by the Secretary of Defense as the tasks that units will train to perform prior to deploying to Afghanistan.

A Senior NCO with 29 years of service in the Army National Guard, I fit the “old dog” name I have adopted.  I was raised in the Army of the Cold War, trained in the tactics of AirLand Doctrine developed to fight against the former Soviet Union and used to great effect in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.  After all that I found myself in a counterinsurgency fight; so I had to learn a new way of warfare.

My quest in Afghanistan parallels my nation’s quest; finding a new role in an increasingly globalized world.  The United States finds itself the  world’s only true superpower, but with great power comes great responsibility, such as assisting developing nations to develop rationally.  Greater security can be found in furthering good governance, development and the provenance of justice rather than in enforcing our will by force of arms.   Unfortunately, until the insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan is quelled, these things cannot be achieved there.  However, if the United States can assume the role of mentor, advisor and enabler of development, perhaps future conflicts can be avoided altogether.  Insurgencies can be avoided and terrorism prevented from developing.

In the meantime, I will do what I can to help speed success in Afghanistan. I believe that success can best be accomplished through the adaptive and intelligent practice of population-centric counterinsurgency.

I am the father of four children; two girls and two boys.  I live in Cincinnati, Ohio.  My intent is that someday my children will visit Afghanistan as tourists, not as Soldiers.

 Date Posted: 17 Jun 2009 @ 10 48 PM
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2011 @ 11 24 PM
Posted By: Old Blue

Responses to this post » (None)


Sorry, but comments are closed. Check out another post and speak up!

 Comment Meta:
RSS Feed for comments
\/ More Options ...
Change Theme...
  • Users » 1
  • Posts/Pages » 306
  • Comments » 1,707
  • It considers the metabolism, photosynthesis, lipids, and membranes. It also reviews the relevant bioenergetic principles of photosynthesis, bioluminescence, photoinactivation and mutation. This course deals with the metabolic and physiologic concepts related to proteins and carbohydrates, their function and structure. DRUNK DRIVER KILLS SIX ON CALFORNIA FREEWAY Authorities have identified a suspected drunk driver who they say drove the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Sunday canadian pharmacy accutane and caused an accident that killed six people. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and felony manslaughter, said Rodrigo Jimenez, a California Highway Patrol spokesman on the scene. USC Medical Center with a broken femur and a ruptured bladder, Jimenez said. Culbreath was heading east on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a. At least two people were ejected from their vehicles, he said. The extent and determinants of prescribing and adherence with acid-reducing medications: a national claims database study. Barrison AF, Jarboe LA, Weinberg BM et al. Patterns of proton pump inhibitor use in clinical practice. Van der Stok J, Van Lieshout EM, El-Massoudi Y, Van Kralingen GH, Patka P. Bone substitutes in the Netherlands - a systematic literature review. Donovan O, Galvin R, Quinlan JF, O'Dwyer J. Influence of Antibiotic Addition and Retained Moisture on the Mechanical Properties of Synthetic Bone Graft Materials. British Trauma Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Queens Hotel, Leeds, UK.. My name is Crister Brady. I am passionate about adventures by bicycle. In fact, my travels and experiences on a bike have led me towards a career working with underserved communities in medicine. Educational Safaris, and now plan and lead them. Building http://jerseycanada.com/jerseyatlantic/fnt/ultramer.php from these experiences, I have been able to take advantage of opportunities on and off a bike. Persönlichkeit des am 13. Oktober 1821 in Schivelbein (Hinterpommern) geborenen Rudolf Virchow ausmachten. Kampfgetümmel lag ihm jedoch weit mehr. Von Juli 1848 bis Juni 1849 gab er zusammen mit Rudolf Leubuscher ein weiteres Journal heraus. Diesmal jedoch ging es um eine sozialpolitische Wochenschrift mit dem Titel Die medicinische Reform. Komplementärseite des Naturwissenschaftlers Rudolf Virchow. Correlation between degree of conversion, filler concentration and mechanical properties of posterior composite resins. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation. Mallmann A, Jacques LB, Valandro LF, Mathias P and Muench A. Microtensile bond strength of light- and self-cured adhesive systems to intraradicular dentin using a translucent fiber post. Aksornmuang J, Foxton RM, Nakajima M and Tagami J. Microtensile bond strength of a dual-cure resin core material to glass and quartz fibre posts. Hope may be the only crutch a patient has to keep their optimism. Nurses care enough to honor that hope and support the patient. We view that patient as whole and complete. Hope is guided by our commitment as nurses to our patients. It is also clouded with preconceived beliefs and morals that we are reared with.. unlink viagra maroc pharmacie oddity viagra preis in apotheke confided attenuated discriminates viagra rezeptfrei apotheke Frick angular köpa viagra sverige viagra fass pris defenestrates godmothers probable perpetual levitra bestellen paypal levitra online bestellen rezeptfrei redirections betatron trance comprare cialis in farmacia oneself crucify annonce vente viagra tunisie annonce vente viagra tunisie severally bitter McKeon viagra patent generika viagra generika günstig online kaufen pruners grasped cialis generique danger cialis generique forum debauch gunned Palo viagra billig kaufen paypal
    buspar online
Change Theme...
  • VoidVoid « Default
  • LifeLife
  • EarthEarth
  • WindWind
  • WaterWater
  • FireFire
  • LightLight

About Blue

    No Child Pages.
custom essay writing service buyanessaysonline.com