Category Archives: ISAF

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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POA Visit to ISAF HQ

KABUL, Afghanistan (Apr. 10) – President Hamid Karzai visited the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters today to view the Commander’s Update Brief (CUB), meet senior leaders and have lunch with officers from several coalition partners. President Karzai received an … Continue reading

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One View of the Afghanistan Endgame

What will it look like a year from now in Afghanistan? How about three to five years out? There is much speculation and many forecasts so I wanted to offer one view that I recently came across. Sir Sherard Louis … Continue reading

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Early Spring Renewal – On Several Fronts

The dormant rose bushes are starting to sprout new shoots! I may be overly optimistic, but spring is quickly approaching in Kabul. It no-doubt stems from the mild winter but the signs are here – warmer days with mild blustery … Continue reading

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The NATO Medal – more than a “been there, done that” award

Happy New Year! I know it’s a little belated but I have not posted since Christmas. Not surprisingly, I have been in Afghanistan for over three months now and as many before me promised – time flies when you’re “having … Continue reading

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Christmas in Kabul.

Merry Christmas and best wishes to all from beautiful south-central Asia! Although Kabul, Afghanistan is 6,000 feet above sea level, the weather has been extremely sunny, clear and warm for December. Today I didn’t even need a jacket. I wish … Continue reading

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