Complacency kills

Kapisa Province, Afghanistan--  Afghan women walked by our team while we inspected a road construction project yesterday I was happy the trip went well, but was reminded of the dangers of the ‘stan when I returned to Bagram
Kapisa Province, Afghanistan–
Afghan women walked by our team while we inspected a road construction project yesterday
I was happy the trip went well, but was reminded of the dangers of the ‘stan when I returned to Bagram

Yesterday, I went on another trip outside the wire. (See the new pics on the Afghanistan Pics page.)

This time, we went to inspect a road project, and checked on the progress of a high school under construction in our province.

As always, I was a bit nervous as we rode around (to me, EVERYTHING is a potential IED,) but today was the first day I started to feel familiar with the area. I interacted more with the locals (which I hadn’t really done much of in my previous trips into the community.)

When I made it back to Bagram safely, I felt kind of relieved. I even thought, for a minute, that I’m lucky to be in Kapisa Province, which hasn’t always been as violent as other provinces in the country.

But last night, before I went to sleep, I heard some loud whistling sounds, followed by the “boom” sound of rockets hitting something … I think our base was attacked by mortars.

I’m okay (although I didn’t get much sleep last night.)

That’s what I get for being smug.

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