Interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer

Nijrab District, Afghanistan - I took this pic in Nijrab district. I like how they decorate the vehicles for good luck.

Nijrab District, Afghanistan –
I took this pic in Nijrab district. I like how they decorate the vehicles for good luck.

Today I conducted a telephone interview with Reporter and Author Edward Colimore. Colimore writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer, but has also penned four books.

I took my first trip to the ‘stan escorting him and Larry Kesterson, a photojournalist, through Bagram back in February of this year. We had a great time, and he provided a quality story about the folks I work with back at McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix in Jersey.

Since then, Ed’s been patiently waiting to chat with me and my team, hoping to learn more about what a Provincial Reconstruction Team is, and what we do to help the effort in the ‘stan. He was nice enough to wait until I finished training at Atterbury, and now that we’re in full swing at Bagram, we finally got a chance to talk today.

With the elections occurring yesterday, he naturally had some questions about how we helped in the process. (Any journalist would right about now.) I felt like I disappointed him when I told him that we really didn’t have much involvement at all (other than to try to inspire people to participate.) Still, I managed to share some information about our team, and he spoke with some Airmen and Soldiers who gave him a small glimpse of life here in the ‘stan.

Ed says his story may be published in the next few days. (I’ll be sure to post it here when I see it.)

I always sweat between the time I give an interview and the time it is actually published. (I think many military public affairs officers do, even if they don’t admit it.) Even though I know I didn’t say anything wrong, I don’t get a chance to confirm that until AFTER my higher-ups read it. And, let’s face it: I failed mind-reading class. So the only way I’ll know I did a good job is if I DON’T get called into my commander’s office.

Regardless, I’m just glad he’s willing to cover our team. So many people are concerned with the violent side of the war … people need to know that there are scores of people working to help the ‘stan whose mission is something other than fighting.

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