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Embed update: Junior soldiers listen in on top brass on Kabul circuit

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on April 19, 2012 at 9:25 am |
April 19, 2012 9:30 am

Spc. Tony Wood got to hear some highbrow conversations over the past 10 months he spent in Kabul with Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps.

He’s part of the unit’s movement control team, a job that calls on him and a few other enlisted soldiers to drive and protect the international officers that serve here as they travel about the
capital city.

His passengers have included generals from European nations. “I like it. You’re not sitting a desk job,” said Wood, who lives at Lewis-McChord when he’s in the states.

As far as he has seen, security in the capital had been stable until insurgents launched coordinated attacks across the country on Sunday.

He sounded unimpressed by the attacks even though he was out in the city when they took place. He holed up at the nearest NATO compound and watched the battle in the streets from a guard tower. Afghan security forces handed the bulk of the fighting in beating back the insurgents over that day and night.

His main risks have been aggressive drivers and children who want to test their mettle against NATO troops. Sometimes kids throw rocks at the American convoys that take officers from base to base.

“The kids are hit or miss,” Wood said. “They’re either with you or totally against you.”

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