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.