Archive For The “Afghanistan Tour” Category

Crap or get off the pot

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Crap or get off the pot

That was a saying I grew up hearing my Dad say many times. If you have never heard it before, it is fairly simple, Do something or get out, but don’t just sit there and waste time. It is implying the same thing as the famous quote, “Lead, follow or get out of the way”….

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Brutal honesty

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Brutal honesty

I saw this video for the first time this morning on a friend’s feed and it immediately took me back. I mean it really took me back to many things. Not only Afghanistan but also Iraq in Desert Storm. It also took me back to what it was like in the milblog space back in…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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/  

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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…

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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…

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