From the White House Blog–Holiday Cheer for the Heroes

The excerpt below was written by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Gallahan, a member of the ISAF Joint Command, Afghanistan. Tech. Sgt. Gallahan’s post  is currently running on the official White House blog. Click here to read the full post.

I started this year’s holiday season off right – waking up Thanksgiving morning in a tin building with 200 Army soldiers at a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan.

I’m a U.S. Air Force Airman, journalist and photographer deployed to the ISAF Joint Command in Kabul. My two-week mission was to document and tell the story of the Afghan National Security Forces. I visited many locations including battalion headquarters and combat outposts; I witnessed everything I expected… and then some.

I went out anticipating combat patrols and handing out supplies, check.
I went out anticipating the Afghan’s taking greater control of their country, check.
I went out anticipating the Afghan’s tracking down bad guys, check.

Then there were the holiday cards and smiles. I didn’t anticipate that.

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    Sounds great. Always a pleasant surprise to have your expectations exceeded. It’s always nice to read little tidbits like this. Paints at least a small semblance of a different picture than we’re used to reading/seeing about over there. Thanks again.