National Public Radio is embedded in Afghanistan with troops from 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The first piece talked about the constant threat of roadside bombs the troops face. The most recent piece is about an operation to recover a bombed-out Stryker.
Some of the guys talked frankly about the desire to go home:
Higden, a 21-year-old soldier from North Carolina, says military service is a family tradition. But with the repeated bomb attacks, he regrets even joining the Army. He just wants to go home.
“I think you just take all of us out and let them run their own country,” he says. “That’s my opinion.”
It’s an opinion shared by many of these soldiers.
The night before the recovery mission, Pvt. Demetri Handerhan poked his head through the hatch of his vehicle, keeping watch and gazing at the burning Stryker.
“I guarantee if you ask … any of these guys about going home, they would take the first flight. They would take the first flight to go home,” he says.
More local links:
201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
201st BfSB Soldiers Carry on WWII Tradition [DVIDS]
I Corps/Multi-National Corps-Iraq
Paratroopers Receive Citizenship in Iraq U.S. Army [DVIDS]
446th Airlift Wing:
Seattle Seahawks honor military [446th AW]
Washington Air National Guard
Everett dentist travels world to help [The Herald]
Veterans Make Connections at Bremerton Job Fair [Kitsap Sun]