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that you shipped. Thank you again."
Hello Everyone, It is about mid June here in Afghanistan and it is getting hot! It’s 100-110 every day which is pretty awesome. It still isn’t as hot here as it was in Kuwait or Iraq, but it is still icky ... Even though it’s hot out here I’m still pretty much pale as a ghost because I wear long sleeves and pants every day and by the time I do get in shorts and a t-shirt it’s dark outside.
... All the guys on their first deployment don’t seem to really care how long they stay here, but all the guys on their second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth deployment are loving the fact that this is a short 7 month-ish deployment. There are guys here that have spent 48 month of the past 6 years deployed. I have to hand it to them, they are still out here doing it.
Things are going well here for me here still. I cannot complain too much as far as deployments go. Given my current position I don’t get shot at or regularly come in danger too much. The young 18-21 year old kids out in the thick of it are the ones who are really in danger and the ones whom I support.
In the past couple weeks we have identified and killed 5 bad guys before they could do harm to the Paratroopers on the ground. These guys were all bad for various reasons: IED emplacers, IED activators, or guys that we have identified with weapons who are maneuvering on and shooting our forces. Doesn’t really matter to me as long as they are guilty, I’ll try to take them off the battlefield any way possible. ...
|Troops training on heavy weapons|
Fighting season is upon us here in Kandahar Province. I’m sure some of you have read about the last ‘offensive push’ here in Afghanistan. I can assure you that we are apart of it and Air Assaults into known enemy territory is a weekly occurrence across my Brigade. We are either in the planning stages of one, or executing it ... So when the execution of our major operations do begin I sit in our operations center and help the Paratroopers on the ground get the support they need through coordination of fixed wing aircraft, attack helicopters, or additional ground support. We often watch the action on the ground through a series of camera towers or unmanned aerial aircraft, or sometimes even fighter aircraft that stream live video into our operations center. It helps us battle track our men and ‘service’ the bad guys.
We also work tons of governance and economic projects on the days we aren’t fighting the enemy. Some of these types of things include building schools for children, improving canal systems to improve farmers’ ability to irrigate their crops (lots of poppy too), or setting up ‘Shuras’ (like a city council) that represents the voice of the local people. ... Another thing we do is help train and mentor the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) which is made up of regular army, national and local police who provide security. This security ideally allows time for the governance of Afghanistan to take root and function without an unreasonable amount of fear of retaliation. All this is in an attempt to build the framework for a self sustaining Afghanistan.
|Afghan Army, with the Afghan National Flag and it’s country behind it.|
Unfortunately the Brigade has lost another 3 men since my last email. One was killed when handling munitions in a supply yard. It is still unknown what exploded, but whatever blew killed 1 and wounded another 7. Another Trooper stepped on a very large IED and was killed instantly. The last Trooper, a kid by the name of _______, was a Private that was in my Troop as when I was Commander. I remember the day I shook his hand when he arrived to Fort Bragg. He was a 22 year old kid, skinny bean pole, so we gave him a M249 squad automatic weapon (SAW) and trained him to be one hell of a Paratrooper. (He) was a friendly kid, with a quite demeanor, but always had a smile ... Unfortunately during one of the very many air assaults we do he was killed by enemy small arms fire. His wife is due any day now.
The wounded have stacked up across the Brigade, more than I can remember now. Amputees so far average around 1 a week, plus many more who receive shrapnel or gunshot wounds from IED, RPGs, small arms, mortars and anything that goes boom.
|Memorial Service in Afghanistan for fellow soldier|
|Convoy being prepped for patrol|
Below are some photos of our June, 2012 packing party room where our care packages for soldiers were sorted and packed. Other volunteers (not in the photos) were in separate areas taping boxes, printing shipping labels, and prepping boxes for delivery to the post office. Thanks to all who donated time, products, and funds to support our troops overseas! Click to enlarge photos.
64 BOXES!!!! That's great!!! The table cloths, shower curtains, curtains, string, everything helped so much. The billetting office and I took them around the tents to see who needed them and they went QUICK! That's great that there is 4th of July decor in the the boxes! My unit actually gets to put on our deployment patch on the 4th of July, so I will definitely make a party out of it and sent you pictures!!! Once again, you and your crew are truly amazing, and your helping us deployed soldiers soooooooo much!
We received more packages today! This is awesome! We received numbers 1,3,6,7,10 and 14. Wow, these things are packed with great stuff. I really appreciate you and your team for the great packages. Thank you so much. We are so blessed to have you on our team!