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  • The open wounds of Afghanistan

    http://deadspin.com/5882921/twenty-c...of-afghanistan

    You gotta read this article.


    Mods, if the matter is too sensitive or become political...please move to LR.
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  • #2
    A very different point of view from someone engaged. I couldnt get through it all Cory. Being in the military and a Marine, the feeling this Corpsman had of conflict is often felt by everyone that has served. Thank you to all that have and continue to serve this great nation. Thank you for posting.

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    • #3
      I lost one of my best friends and squad leader to an I.E.D. last year. Right when we, were almost done...

      Best damn squad leader that i have ever had the honor to serve under, and its the truth, not just saying it because he is gone now. He was a better man than he was a soldier, and he was a damn good soldier. I think about him often, i miss him like crazy. Im not ashamed to admit that i have to speak with a mental health specialist two times a week to help me cope with the aftermath of losing so many close friends i called my brothers.

      Im set to deploy again in december, and im not even going to lie, with this going on my fourth combat tour, i wonder if my time is coming next. As a combat engineer our main job is route clearance where we actually go looking for the damn I.E.D.'s and they are always found

      We either find them by spotting or detecting them with the equipment provided, or we run over them and find them.

      I have been very fortunate that the vehicles i have been in that have been hit multiple times by I.E.Ds and all thats ever happen to me was two broken legs, and hearing loss in my left ear.

      I been even more fortunate i have never been found by one while on dismount patrols.
      R.I.P. SSG DAVID SELF

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Captain_23 View Post
        I lost one of my best friends and squad leader to an I.E.D. last year. Right when we, were almost done...

        Best damn squad leader that i have ever had the honor to serve under, and its the truth, not just saying it because he is gone now. He was a better man than he was a soldier, and he was a damn good soldier. I think about him often, i miss him like crazy. Im not ashamed to admit that i have to speak with a mental health specialist two times a week to help me cope with the aftermath of losing so many close friends i called my brothers.

        Im set to deploy again in december, and im not even going to lie, with this going on my fourth combat tour, i wonder if my time is coming next. As a combat engineer our main job is route clearance where we actually go looking for the damn I.E.D.'s and they are always found

        We either find them by spotting or detecting them with the equipment provided, or we run over them and find them.

        I have been very fortunate that the vehicles i have been in that have been hit multiple times by I.E.Ds and all thats ever happen to me was two broken legs, and hearing loss in my left ear.

        I been even more fortunate i have never been found by one while on dismount patrols.
        R.I.P. SSG DAVID SELF
        thats a terrible thing to go through from all of us here who do not have the courage and balls to do what you do we you

        come back safe

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        • #5
          Captain23, I can't tell you how grateful and appreciative I am for all you do, and have done, for us. It's beyond words. It seems that every time we turn around people are called "heroes" for doing what they themselves say is just doing their job, or behaving like humans are supposed to.

          You guys (and gals) are the true heroes. And you know what, the fact that you are putting it out there that you're talking to a mental health professional to help get you through, makes me admire and respect you all the more.

          Bless you, be careful out there, and come home safely.

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          • #6
            Ahh, its cool, i appreciate it.. its my career it feeds my newly born baby girl, and my newly wed wife..

            I love what I do. I actually cant see mysekf doing anything else at this point. If i ever decide to get out i would pursue a career as a federal officer with homeland security. Thats something i have thought about.

            On the flip side, i also love this job, because when im not deployed like right now, i have so much free time to spend with my wife and kid...

            Being a good father and husband is the most important thing to me. I have no regrets for what i do for a living, and what i have had to do to keep on living..

            Believe it or not, i get on my phone a lot during the day while on duty just to get on here and chat with you guys. This website helps me get my mind away from negativity.

            I love these forums.

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            • #7
              hooah, capn.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Captain_23 View Post
                Ahh, its cool, i appreciate it.. its my career it feeds my newly born baby girl, and my newly wed wife..

                I love what I do. I actually cant see mysekf doing anything else at this point. If i ever decide to get out i would pursue a career as a federal officer with homeland security. Thats something i have thought about.

                On the flip side, i also love this job, because when im not deployed like right now, i have so much free time to spend with my wife and kid...

                Being a good father and husband is the most important thing to me. I have no regrets for what i do for a living, and what i have had to do to keep on living..

                Believe it or not, i get on my phone a lot during the day while on duty just to get on here and chat with you guys. This website helps me get my mind away from negativity.

                I love these forums.
                I know the feeling man I've been in the Corps 10 years deployed 7 times, 4 to Iraq. Enjoy your family time brother.

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                • #9
                  I would join next year but they won't allow me.

                  Captain the internet connect over there works?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Denver_oner View Post
                    I would join next year but they won't allow me.

                    Captain the internet connect over there works?
                    I can answer that for ya bud. Yes, but it depends on what FOB you are at. If your are remote or make shift you will have a Sat uplink (not for personal use).

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                    • #11
                      I had internet when i was at kandahar airbase, and fob lagman but its slow as hell. When i got stuck on a combat outpost for weeks and months at a time, i had no internet..

                      But yes depending on where u go, you will have access to internet.

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                      • #12
                        I can't voice my respect for what you guys go through, enough... All I can say is thank you for your sacrifices, no matter how big, or small they may be... They all go towards the same cause.

                        :usa:R.I.P. Lance Cpl Christopher "Steele" Meis :usa:
                        :usa: *** God Bless Our Military Men And Women*** :usa:

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                        • #13
                          Captain when you are at a base for weeks do you get to know the locals well?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Denver_oner View Post
                            Captain when you are at a base for weeks do you get to know the locals well?
                            A combat outpost is usually out in the middle of no where... Its like a very small FOB (Forward Operating Base) that allows us to be closer to the area where we will be running missions from.. the only people we got to on well on them COPs where the taliban.. we gave candy to the kids (them kids bad as hell btw) when we did go to villages. We actually had translators that went out on missions with us, and usually when we would go to villages to speak with an elder to get intel on the area we would be combatting, we would also bring at least 1 female soldier with us, because we have to search everyone before we speak with them and we arent allowed to touch or even look at women. There are still rules that we have to respect their culture.

                            I hated that hell hole worse than iraq.. Im not looking forward to going back in december to be honest..

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Captain_23 View Post
                              A combat outpost is usually out in the middle of no where... Its like a very small FOB (Forward Operating Base) that allows us to be closer to the area where we will be running missions from.. the only people we got to on well on them COPs where the taliban.. we gave candy to the kids (them kids bad as hell btw) when we did go to villages. We actually had translators that went out on missions with us, and usually when we would go to villages to speak with an elder to get intel on the area we would be combatting, we would also bring at least 1 female soldier with us, because we have to search everyone before we speak with them and we arent allowed to touch or even look at women. There are still rules that we have to respect their culture.

                              I hated that hell hole worse than iraq.. Im not looking forward to going back in december to be honest..
                              We use the Lioness program in the Marines, we have the women trail our Rapid Response Team to gather intel. The women seem more willing to give better intel. Be safe out there, I still get to train the Marines heading out but for the next two years i'm stuck instructoing MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program)

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