Well, here it is…I finally decided to get into the blogging game after a bit of advice from a close friend.  I’ll use this primarily to log some of my thoughts and experiences during my Afghanistan deployment for family, friends, and whoever decides to care to read, learn, discuss, and somewhat keep track of me.  I don’t expect anything I write here to be good, right, halfway logical, or even worth reading reading at all but they are what they are, a snapshot of where my mind is at during the time of writing.  Read at your own risk and I’m looking forward to hearing from you if you have the time or care enough.

As you read, just keep in mind that the thoughts expressed here are mine and mine alone.  I can speak only for what is in my head at any given time and they do not in any way reflect the views of my unit, my fellow soldiers and officers, the United States Army, the International Security Assistance Force, the United States Government, or anybody at all involved in the nations of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, or any other nation.  In order to preserve security some names of people and places will be entirely made up (rather than the conventional use of female names I will probably use names of some of my favorite exit points) and I may stretch or bend the truth as necessary.  In the end, this blog is about ideas and not facts…if you want facts, come to the region yourself.

I hope you are all reading this in times of good health and personal happiness.  Please take care of yourselves wherever you are.  Live and play hard like there’s no tomorrow, but I hope to still be able to share a jump or a beer with all of you on the back end of this adventure, inshallah.  Fly free and fight the long fight.



13 July 2011, 1700 CEST, Grafenwohr, Germany

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