I wanted to shed some light on exactly what I do over here. I am the Logistics Officer for Regional Support Command – North. We are in charge of all Logistics Development for the Afghan National Security Forces (Police/Army/Border Police/Air Force) in Northern Afghanistan. We work to build up and make sustainable the logistics processes within the Afghan Security Forces so that they can “do it on their own”. We work in an area that is 2500km across and covers the Bactarian Deserts (yes, I have seen camels with two humps) to pine forests of the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs. The area around here can be very bad as it is where 1-87 is right now out in Baghlan to wander around downtown MeS and not worry about much.
I sit at the foot of the Hindu Kush right next to a mountain referred to as “The Bear” in the book the “The Horse Soldiers”. In what was probably the last mounted charge in recorded history occurred only a few miles south of where I sit.
I work for an Army Colonel who has been a grunt for the previous 28 years and is trying to indoctrinate me into the Army way of life. Hence, us going on patrol in downtown Darzab and me “humping” a 80 lb ruck through a tepid LZ. It’s been a great experience.
In other news the Fightin’ Texas Aggies have decided to do something that they havent done in a while. Win Football Games. I am beginning to treat this streak we are on as one does when a pitcher is throwing a perfect game, dont talk about it. With Nebraska this weekend and a “Bottom Has Fallen out” t.u. to end the season the Ag’s are looking at a possible 6 game winning streak to end the season, when was the last time THAT happened. If we get a little bit of luck our away we might even be able to sneak into the Big 12 Championship. The talk right now is that this like 1984 all over again. Those were heady days for the Ag’s.