Monthly Archive

August 2011
Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 16 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.


The Texan Who Would Be King

02 August 2011 Zhari District, Kandahar Province, AfghanistanWith 4-4CAV, Task Force Spartan, Regional Command South You meet the most interesting people in war. War draws a “Who’s Who” of nation read more..


Day of The Deployed

HOEVEN CALLS FOR NATIONAL “DAY OF THE DEPLOYED”TO RECOGNIZE SOLDIERS’ SACRIFICES Soldiers’ Angels Thanks Hoeven for Introducing Senate Resolution Soldiers’ Angels gratefully announces the support of... read more..



Operation Flintlock 06 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan A tragic loss of dozens of Americans and Afghan partners has occurred.  Apparently their helicopter was shot dow... read more..


Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It

During the mission 08 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The men here can be seen saluting senior officers, while saying, “Sir, with your shield or on it.”  This is the m... read more..


Operation Flintlock: Some Notes

Planning Operation Flintlock at FOB Pasab, formerly FOB Wilson. 09 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches.  For us, th... read more..


Ambush this Morning

09 August 2011Zhary District, Kandahar, Afghanistan (A quick, unedited dispatch.) At 0630 this morning, the Commander of 4-4Cav and I met for a morning run.  Lieutenant Colonel Mike Katona is o read more..


Infiltration: Operation Flintlock Part II

4-4Cav Soldiers stuffed into CH-47 helicopter during mission. August 11, 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The plan was bold and dangerous.  The troops were to fly by CH-47 hel... read more..


War Dogs & Veloci-Chickens in Afghanistan

Task Force Spartan Pushing Deeper into Taliban Country. A canine team at rest. 15 August 2011Zhary District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan War Puppies Friday morning I was out for a run on base an... read more..


Body Bags & Speedballs

Body bag drag 16 August 2011Zhary District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The enemy is easily resupplied.  His arteries for food and water are shorter than snake legs.   He can buy o... read more..


JTAC: Joint Terminal Attack Controller

17 August 2011 4-4Cav in CombatOperation Flintlock We made it off the helicopter landing zone with no fighting. The enemy was not afraid of us, but they must have been taken by surprise. Two Air read more..


Battlefield Forensics

The Later meeting 18 August 2011Task Force Spartan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan During a planning session at a sand table, numerous firefights broke out.  We were at safe distance but close ... read more..


Tracer Burnout

A Female Engagement Team (FET) at work in an Afghan compound. The notions that women should not, cannot, or do not go into combat, all are invalid. They should, they can, and they do. And here we need... read more..


Edvard Munch in the Marijuana Patch

My heavily armed tent mates hours before the mission. 24 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan, 4-4Cav We live in tents.  Nice tents with air conditioning.... read more..


The Art, Science, and Carpentry of Explosives

Blocks of M112 C-4 prepared for mission beside roll of M456 detonation cord and accessories. 29 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan, 4-4Cav There is much to k... read more..


We Need Better Pants

30 August 2011Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan Rip, rend and slash are all in a day’s work here.  Yet I have never seen so many troops with so many pairs of pants that are read read more..



Afghan Soldier caught by infrared flash with specially modified camera. 31 August 2011Afghanistan A Soldier sleeps in a body bag to keep off the bugs. American and Afghan Soldiers share an Af... read more..

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