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10 years later

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10 years later

Its been 10 years since I was first in Afghanistan. Tenth anniversaries are big milestones and there have been several of them this year. Today marks 10 years since my first alive day that I actually recognized. I have written about this day many times on this blog, which you can find at http://bouhammer.com/?s=alive+day You can…

Tourists hurt in Afghanistan! Wait, WHAT?

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Tourists hurt in Afghanistan! Wait, WHAT?

A rocket hit a van carrying American tourists and others in western Afghanistan on Thursday, according to local officials. Six people were hurt in the attack. When I first saw the headline, I really thought it was a story from the Duffel Blog, but then I went to read it and realized it was real….

This stuff is complicated

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This stuff is complicated

If only complex foreign policy decisions could be as easy as they sound like when they are being talked about on the campaign trail or in a debate. If only they were as quick as they seem during a 30 second news soundbite. Top U.S. military commanders, who only a few months ago were planning…

This is why…

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This is why…

…the BBC is reporting this morning that the Taliban now controls more of Afghanistan than ever, since 2001. Also why now there are reports like this, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/26/the-u-s-was-supposed-to-leave-afghanistan-by-2017-now-it-might-take-decades/  

Camp Phoenix in its new life

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Camp Phoenix in its new life

For those of us who served as ETT’s or PMT’s up to 2009, we worked for Task Force Phoenix.  TF Phoenix was headquartered at Camp Phoenix in Kabul.  After TF Phoenix I, each succeeding iteration was staffed by a National Guard brigade, augmented with teams gathered from the National Guard and the Regular Army.  Bouhammer…

Bergdahl interview analysis

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Bergdahl interview analysis

Here is the scenario…. Mom: How did my favorite lamp get broken? What did you and your friend do? Kid: Mom, mom, here is what happened. Me and Jimmy were playing the xBox and then I noticed kitty was starting to get sick. Since you asked me to keep an eye on kitty I was…

Old Blue- What does Veteran’s Day mean to me?

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Old Blue- What does Veteran’s Day mean to me?

  I feel tremendously privileged to be a veteran.  By that, I mean that I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to serve, and to serve in the capacities that I have.  I’m not special.  There are millions like me.  There are millions of others who have never had the opportunity to serve.  Those who…

There is no good outcome

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There is no good outcome

This is a terrible tragedy, and a full investigation is needed. No matter how the investigation turns out I think it will be bad either way. The bottom line is one of three things happened; either there was a US JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) trained warfighter with the Afghan forces who called in fire on…

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