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Afghanistan Diary Part 10- Task Force Nomad (October 31-November 1, 2011)

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31Oct And now it’s beginning to seem like we’re wasting time. Day three of no missions and our next foreseeable one is not for another four. The latest news is that our next task, which is to build two HLZ’s from scratch, will include convoying approximately three times back and forth to Alcatraz to load water for the hydroseeder. After …

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Afghanistan Diary Part 9- Task Force Nomad (October 2011)

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 DOG DAY AFTERNOON The saga began three days ago when the senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Cpl Mickley, awakened to find that one of his boots had vanished into thin air. Immediately suspicious of the rest of the team, and rightfully so, he began questioning each member regarding the possible shenanigans being played at his expense. After somewhat calming his initial suspicions he began …

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Afghanistan Diary Part 8- Task Force Nomad (October 29 2011)

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Well we have now completed three missions. This last mission was somewhat of a repeat of mission two in that we were at the same location. That is where the similarities end as we did not have the same problem with the tram. No, we had an entirely different set of problems today which have me at my wits end.  …

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Afghanistan Diary Part 7- Task Force Nomad (October 24-26 2011)

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LCpl Leos prepares for an early morning mission 24 Oct   It is our last day of waiting for this next mission and the mood is slowly shifting from relaxation to business. Our next mission will leave us the most exposed to enemy fire of any so far this deployment. Additionally, it will be a 3 a.m. …

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Afghanistan Diary Part 6- Task Force Nomad (October 23 2011)

It’s day four of this task force and we have completed mission one of four. It was a stressful and difficult mission to complete from a security standpoint. The rules of convoying along these roadways now force us to not impede local traffic, meaning we must allow vehicles at times to enter into our convoy …

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Afghanistan Diary Part 5- Task Force Nomad (October 14 2011)

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Cpl Eliud RuizReyes scans the horizon for threats. Well my wished were finally granted. I will be the security commander for a task force going north to do maintenance on helicopter landing zones (HLZ) which will be needed for a winter offensive. I finally get to leave Camp Cupcake and do what they pay me to do. There are a …

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