The more things change, the more they stay the same

Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw. While the overall campaign would still be led by conventional military, the handfuls […]

Too long in coming

Army Capt. Will Swenson has been recommended by the top U.S. general in Afghanistan for the Medal of Honor after widespread speculation about why his heroism had gone unrecognized, according to a published report. Swenson braved enemy fire on Sept. 8, 2009, with Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, who will receive the nation’s top valor award […]

Sorry about that, it is my culture

“Sorry about that, it is my culture”, that is what our terps and Afghan soldiers we used to work with always said when we questioned something they did. Sometimes it was men walking holding hands, sometimes it was them smoking hash on guard duty. Other times it was when we were conducting military operations and […]

The enemy has figured us out

“Not surprising at all”. That is what first came to mind when I read the story below. It was just a matter of time before all of the most feared facets of being an Embedded Trainer came together to result in one of the most feared outcomes. Air Support is never there when you need […]