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Mini-Patriot

Connor Love is my hero. He’s just 9 7 years old, but this little man gets it. His parents have obviously raised him to love our country and the defenders of its values. Connor frequently sends us care… Read More

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Open Letter to My Wife

Dear Emily, I’ve done a lot of wonderful and honorable things in my life. There is much to be proud of and much to celebrate. But, looking back on my life the thing I’m most proud of is… Read More

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Happy Thanksgiving From Afghanistan

Old Glory flies confidently over Kandahar Airfield at dusk, Nov 23. Photo by CJ. As I write this, the majority of Americans are tucked safely into bed in anticipation of the next day’s food and festivities. Here in… Read More

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Infinite Progress

I met with my social worker today for a counseling session and to give him a sense of where I am. We came to a few conclusions that I want to share. He helped me understand why I… Read More

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SFC Zeke

Today, I listened to the advice of more than a few people and finally went to the TMC and Combat Stress hospital. My right hand hasn’t stopped twitching after nearly a month and it’s beyond irritating. I’m not… Read More

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Honor

It’s the “H” in our “LDRSHIP” Army Values. Of all the Army values, it’s the probably the most difficult to define. It means honestly. It means integrity – which is another Army Value in and of itself. I… Read More

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Master Private

To my friends out that used to wear this rank, tell me what it used to be like when it meant something. I’m especially interested in stories about how it was encouraged to share information among peers and… Read More

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ISAF Responds to Irresponsible, Agenda-Driven Journalism

Sgt. Robert Cowdrey, a flight medic in Company C., 3rd Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares a casualty in a rescue sled to be hoisted hundreds of feet into a Black Hawk helicopter during a training… Read More

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Business As Usual…With a Twist

Ahhh, Monday. The beginning of another KAF-tastic week here in the waterless beaches of Afghanistan. At least, they USED to be waterless. That’s right – I woke up today to an odd smell; and it wasn’t the Poo… Read More

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The High Price of Piece of Mind

I probably shouldn’t complain at all. During my first deployment in 2003 I was lucky if I got to make a static-filled phone call every 2 weeks! But, I just must complain about the internet here in Afghanistan… Read More

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A Little Perspective Is In Order

UPDATE 17 Apr 2013: Welcome Blaze readers. For more information about the attacks and false claims against me by Michael Yon, please see THIS, THIS, and THIS post. [UPDATE 29 Sep 11: I’ve cut off comments to this… Read More

In Afghanistan, a birthday celebration to mourn a loss

In Afghanistan, a birthday celebration to mourn a loss

Pfc. Eric Mulder, chaplain assistant, 2nd Battalion, 38th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, joins the rest of Charlie Company soldiers in a moment of prayer during the Aug. 19 birthday celebration and memorial for Cpl. Robert R. Gross… Read More

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Deadliest Month In Afghanistan Prompts Calls to Withdraw

I recognize that our involvement in Afghanistan is the longest military engagement of our history. I also recognize that our engagement in Afghanistan was a needed and righteous one. The conflict in Afghanistan is unlike any other this… Read More

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Fobbits Kill

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little about “fobbits.” I won’t rehash the term since I just linked it, but I want to talk about the “fobbit mentality.” There is a distinctive difference between the fobbit… Read More

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Night of Power – Night of Destiny

(Photo by SPC Gary Silverman) Ramazan is akin to the month leading up to Christmas in the Christian faith. According to Sura 2:185 of the Quran, “Ramazan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance… Read More