The KOP isn't a very big place, not much more than a scrape on the side of a mountain. The troops that call the KOP ‘home’ live under harsh and extreme conditions ... so it doesn't take long before you start recognizing faces and putting names to those faces. In a brief time, they become your friends.
You’ve listened to me beat the drum about how hard the Joes I’m embedded with have it over here. And they do. Some of the toughest conditions imaginable.
It's a classic infantryman's fight in the Korengal ... and it's definitely a shooting war here.
We as a people need to know about the heroes who are fighting our wars. The honest-to-God heroes, not the phony, overpaid over-hyped and too oft-publicized types.
You can’t write about this war without writing about the people who are fighting the war.
The KOP is hot, dirty and dangerous. The troops live in extremely spartan conditions, in continuous contact with the enemy... and it's amazing how they conduct themselves in the face of all the difficulties they face daily.
Nothing remained of the crowd of humanity that had been standing there just a few seconds before -- except a smoking crater, gouts of blood, body parts and pieces of shredded clothing.
If you've been to some of the other military installations or Forward-Operating Bases in Afghanistan, Bagraim seems like a little bit of heaven.
It's very clear that Tomlinson cares deeply for "his" people. But he's no pushover.
For the most part, our service people aren't exactly introverts.
The marching orders finally came through. I leave for my second trip to Iraq and Afghanistan on the 21st.
Jerry Newberry is going to battle once again and expanding his reporting duties in both Afghanistan and Iraq.