Today, we conducted another foot patrol to a village in Nijrab. (Yup … that’s right. Air Force Airmen actually perform foot patrols!)
Our civil affairs team spoke with the village elders and tried to learn more about their water systems (in hopes of helping them.) As usual, I was with the team spreading goodwill … trying to keep 9-year-old-kids from turning into 17-year-old insurgents. I carried a backpack over my body armor, filled with radios, candy, and pens.
Another agency joined our team, and with them they brought a film crew from National Geographic. This was kind of an odd scenario for me, because the crew wasn’t assigned to me formally, yet they were still covering my team. (As a Public Affairs Officer, I feel responsible for the interactions between my troops and the media.) I don’t like the feeling of knowing that I might be questioned about the actions of my Soldiers/Airmen in response to something that I had no part in arranging.
I suspect they got some good footage, but I’ll know more once I see whatever they produce.