Mission to Baghlan

Went here last week and we had the opportunity to take a military photographer with us and he brought back some great pictures.



on another note….

Yesterday. That would be Christmas. I got tagged to brief LTG Caldwell. I was one of three selected out of two hundred.   

Yes. I am tooting my own horn. Live with it.

I am Captain Awesome.

dadgum masters degree…

I am enrolled in one class. Just signed up for another that starts next week. And have two more left.


Yes. Christmas occured. Still irritated with the fact I am having to take these classes.

Reading about places you’ve been in the New York Times….



Watch Restrepo…

Cant say enough about the new documentary Restrepo. I first heard about it a year and a half ago from Ann and Mike, then read the book this summer, and finally got to see the movie this week. To me the movie said three things:

1. The camraderie between soldiers living in a hard area.

2. Dealing with Afghans.

3. The trauma of losing a close friend.

This is not an easy documentary to watch but it is something everyone should see. Also, one word of advice do not try to stereotype Afghanistan off this one place. This place is considered extreme for a reason.

Closing in on 5 months…

In about a week I will be at the 5 month mark. Considering how quickly the months have gone by I am pretty pleased that it is has gone by this fast, so quickly. The way I measure it is this:

I have Christmas in less than 3 weeks. Then Bowl Season. NFL Playoffs. Super Bowl. College Football Signing Day (Yes this is a momentous day for me).  College Basketball gets serious again. March Madness. And I am hope for RnR. By the time I get back I will be into the double digits of time left. Having completed over 270 days in theater at that point would be a huge accomplishment.

I started another masters class this week and will start another at the end of the month. And when I get back in April, I will start another course. By the time I am done with this deployment I should have completed my masters degree! Checked that block.

 Regarding the Ag’s. I am really excited to see that this team has done so well after starting out the season so poorly. It has been a terrific season for the Ag’s and hopefully will result in a Cotton Bowl over the Swamp Kitties. It’s not talked about but A&M and L$U have an old rivalry which goes back to 1899. We have played 50 games over the previous years but havent played since 95.  Considering we are playing in the 75th Anniversary of the Cotton Bowl it just increase the history around this current team.

On Patrol…

I couldnt get this picture in yesterday, but here was a decent picture that was taken of me when I was on patrol.