A new face

Nijrab District, Afghanistan -- Me, with the team in Nijrab. Notice the snow-capped mountains in the background. It’s weird how snow stays on some mountains, but doesn’t on others.
Nijrab District, Afghanistan —
Me, with the team in Nijrab. Notice the snow-capped mountains in the background. It’s weird how snow stays on some mountains, but doesn’t on others.

Sorry about the delay in blog posting. You might think it was because of the Christmas holiday that I haven’t been online as much. But actually, it was because I was WORKING!

We had to conduct a mounted combat patrol to Bagram from FOB Morales-Frazier on Christmas day. I was escorting French journalists to see some of our teams construction projects on the 26th, so we had to be in Bagram so we could leave early. Luckily, I did make it to Bagram in time to have a nice holiday meal.

The next day, on the 26th, it was a typical patrol to check out some projects under construction. I answered some questions for the media, and helped facilitate on-camera interviews with members of my team.

When we returned to Bagram the same day, we learned we received a new commander. This was a bit awkward for us, because we weren’t expecting it. But, that’s the military … people come and go. It’s not a problem for us, but like most groups, we’ll probably experience the whole “forming, storming, norming, performing” stages all over again now that a new face has joined our group.

The unique thing about the military is, no one is irreplaceable. If something happens to you today, there’s a system in place to have your work done by someone else tomorrow.

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