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HERO Weekend

Bouhammer Note- A couple of weeks ago, I received a call from my good friend and Executive Director of Soldiers’ Angels, Mr. Toby Nunn. He wanted to know who I could recommend to be a representative of Soldiers’ Angels at the NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, NY last weekend. After a long and drawn-out search…

Enjoy Memorial Day

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As I sit here on the porch of a cabin, admiring the scenic beauty of upstate New York I can’t help myself from reflecting on the importance of Memorial Day.  As a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a fan of American history, everyday is Memorial Day for me.  However, I also understand that everyone isn’t a…

Bloggers Roundtable-Major General Mike Ward

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Today’s BloggerRoundtable was with Major General Mike Ward, deputy commander-Police,NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan(NTM-A).  He discussed many points on the daily challenges that are prevalent to the training of the Afghan National Police, to include literacy training to every recruit. To listen to the entire discussion click below. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Live Free or Die Trying!

Need More of This

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LTC Thomas Gukeisen is exactly the type of officer that today’s military needs more of.  He is a battalion commander in Logar Province, Afghanistan and isn’t afraid to think outside the box. LTC Gukeisen’s success, is arguably in one of the most difficult provinces in Afghanistan.  This is a reflection of a leader who makes command decisions…

Dear Mr. President:

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Now that I’ve had a few days to ingest, digest, and perform my own mission analysis on your new plan for Afghanistan, I’m a bit concerned.  My concerns are based from my experiences of being on one end of the spectrum at the tip of of the spear defending freedom in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions, to…

Border Crossings

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After observing approximately 15-20 bad guys cross the Afghan-Pakistan border in the same spot for two nights in a row, I decided to take a squad of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, my Embedded Tactical Trainer (ETT) NCO, and myself to set up an overnight ambush along their avenue of approach.   Now for all of you…

The Pull of The Taliban

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I’ve been one of the select few who have stood in the rubble at Ground Zero amid the aftermath of 9/11 and stood and fought in Taliban controlled territory in southeastern Afghanistan. Having been in these positions I’ve been able to deeply reflect on these situations. Shortly after 9/11, our country had the support from…

Battle at Camp Keating

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At The Best Defense, Tom Ricks published an “earwitness account” of the battle at Camp Keating in Kamdish in Nuristan province. The account comes via General Barry McCaffrey, and is given by an unnamed military officer serving in nearby Laghman province whose position is not identified, and I won’t speculate further. The full account is…

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