a reply to: Mikehawk
At no point did I fight for your freedoms while I was in Afghanistan.
I did, however, take part in missions that fought for Afghan liberty:
I helped ensure that local governors could speak with their people as well as
speak with the national leadership on important issues.
I helped ensure that the Afghan Special Forces got the men responsible for creating
havoc prior to elections.
The recent Afghan elections, while not entirely event free, largely went as planned. Turn
out was not what was hoped, but the security situation was far better. Thanks, in part, to the missions
I was party to for the better part of a year.
While I was in Afghanistan we helped supply remote Afghan posts and villages.
Members of my unit personally flew food and supplies they had collected on their own accord
and flew it to the near by Bedouin camps both as a thank you for allowing us to use their area as a
training area, and as an acknowledgement of their contributions to our mission.
I flew over 17 medevac mission to rescue personnel from Afghanistan, civilians, members of the 30 or so other military organizations in play. My first
mission was a rescue of a 6 month old girl whose parents were killed in an IED blast, her leg was blow off in the process.
I flew over 150 combat missions across southern Afghanistan. Some of which were in the most dangerous places, like Helmand province, to get Afghan
leaders, Afghan Soldiers, and civilians where they needed to go so they could accomplish their work for their country. And I am proud of every bit of
it...It came at a high cost as I lost friends out there. People I worked with closely. People who I miss seeing in the hangar now that we are home.
But not ONCE did I ever fight for American freedom. And I didn't go there thinking that I would