Category Archives: Afghanistan

Home Again

I apologize for not posting for some time now. I can’t honestly say I’ve been too busy – just spending time do other things since I returned home in mid October 2010. Things at ISAF HQ were spinning fast up … Continue reading

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Afghan Elections – 18 September 2010

Today Afghanistan held Parliamentary elections. Despite widespread insurgent threats to shut down the process, over 5,000 polling stations were open and Afghans exercised their right to vote. Violence occurred in a few different locations but had little significant impact on … Continue reading

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Old-fashioned American Burgers at Camp Eggers

Every Sunday afternoon a special event occurs at Camp Eggers, home base of the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (NTM-A). Soldiers from the Kabul area descend on the camp to partake in a lunch that features homemade, real USDA ground beef, … Continue reading

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Kabul Stampede

COMISAF provides a good analogy for the mission in Afghanistan. I know my Dad will appreciate this. . . Frederick Remington’s seminal painting, “Stampede” is symbolic of the challenges we face in Kabul. I use this painting to describe what … Continue reading

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A Hero Retires

Friday, 23 July 2010 marked the retirement of General Stanley McChrystal. I have no doubt that he will be fondly remembered as an American hero who stepped up to make things happen when his country called. General McChrystal is an … Continue reading

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Fête Nationale

This morning we had a brief ceremony to recognize and celebrate “Fête Nationale” or French National Day. It is the official national day of France. While it is also known as Bastille Day (anniversary of storming the Bastille in 1789), … Continue reading

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COMISAF Letter to the Troops

Today ISAF held a dignified Assumption of Command Ceremony to formally recognize General David H. Petraeus as the new commander. Most interesting was the opening with prayers from a Muslim cleric who sang and then from a pastor who delivered … Continue reading

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Returning to a Different ISAF

Much has changed since I left the ISAF HQ for a conference in the Netherlands and some Rest and Recuperation or R&R leave (as the Army calls it) in early June. I returned to Kabul, Afghanistan from leave today and … Continue reading

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Holland Anyone?

“Goede avond iedereen.” It’s a pleasure to write this entry from the lobby of the hotel I’m staying in right now in Heerlen, Netherlands. I’m attending a conference at the NATO Joint Force Command in Brunssum, Netherlands, only a few … Continue reading

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Washington DC Trip Report

I’m writing this entry from high above the Atlantic Ocean on a C-17 heading east and returning to Kabul, Afghanistan. I just finished a week of temporary duty in Washington DC where a small group of us supported General McChrystal … Continue reading

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