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Embed update: Watching the runway at Afghanistan’s busiest air field

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on March 21, 2012 at 6:52 am |
March 21, 2012 6:52 am
A group of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division huddle to keep warm just before dawn as they wait at Kandahar Air Field to catch a helicopter flight back to their base in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. From right to left they are Pvt. Jonathan Shelton, Spc. Stephen Herringshaw, Pfc. Jacqueline Buschman, Spc. Josh Mills and Pvt. Bryce Garrison. Photo by Peter Haley/The News Tribune

It was a beautiful day to watch a mix of the world’s military aircraft take off from the busiest runway in Afghanistan.

It wasn’t a great day to reach your destination in Zabul Province.

Peter and I got in line very early this morning to follow these Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers to their destinations. None of us got there. These guys made it to the helicopter pad before 5 a.m. in their push to rejoin their fellow soldiers on their way home from R&R. They’ll have to try again tomorrow.

Kandahar’s runway was incredibly busy today. With clear skies, it kind of looks like Arizona in the distance. This morning, we saw three different kinds of drones, American and NATO fighter jets and two varieties of air mobility aircraft. We finally saw a McChord tail on a C-17.

I know a lot of Air Force vets around Tacoma would’ve loved our view today, and they wouldn’t have minded the delays.


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