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VFW has Boots on the Ground in Afghanistan
May 9, 2011

There's something about the old adage of "the best laid plans" that certainly rings true with this trip to Afghanistan. It's already apparent the dynamic and scope to what had formerly been a seemingly straightforward trip to capture stories about our troops has grown significantly since my arrival at NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) H.Q., Camp Eggers, in Kabul. Read More.

NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) Headquarters
May 10, 2011

After finally catching some much-needed sleep and shaking off some (not all) of the jet lag, the first full day in-country brought with it an opportunity to attend a brief recognition ceremony for two U.S. service members who were cited for their quick action during a recent attack by an Afghan military pilot who opened fire during a meeting at the Kabul Airport. Read More.

Straight Talk on Strategy and Mission
May 12, 2011

It's been a whirlwind of a week thus far. The command has bent over sideways to provide me with a comprehensive view and inside look at implementation of the strategy and mission in Afghanistan. Read More.

Behind the Afghan National Police Force
May 13, 2011

COLONEL WILLIAM V. WENGER currently serves as Senior Advisor, Afghanistan Uniform Police, Ass't CG - Police Development and began his long and distinguished military career in 1969 when he was commissioned through ROTC at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In October 2000, Col. Wenger retired ... for a short while anyway (he returned to service on four separate occasions). Read More.

Jerry Newberry: A Confidant
May 18, 2011

One thing I learned from previous embeds is you can't avoid getting into some interesting conversations with the troops. They are almost always willing to engage and generally aren't shy about providing their views on the world at large. Ask them and they'll tell you all about it. Read More.

101st Change of Command
May 20, 2011

After a long road trip I had the opportunity and privilege to attend a ceremony marking the change of command from the Combined Joint Task Force-101, (CJTF-1), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to CJTF-1, 1st Cavalry Division. Read More.

Families Who Serve
May 23, 2011

I met Tech. Sgt. April Lapetoda almost immediately upon arrival at NTM-A. She's the NCOIC of media relations at NTM-A and hard not to notice. She's high-speed, congenial, professional and the go-to person for plenty of people around the HQ, including many of the top brass.  Read More.

 

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