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Portrait of Paktika Province

By | 09.11.08 | 5:15 pm

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – Early in the late Michael Bhatia’s December 2007 report on Paktika Province — which I referred to in “Through Afghan Eyes” — he gives an overview of what previous studies have found about conditions in the province.

It’s a stark picture of what More…

Pitch Black

By | 09.11.08 | 11:18 am

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – This is by far the darkest FOB I’ve ever been on.

By 7 p.m., it’s pitch black out here, and to leave a lighted area like the dining facility results in a few seconds of total blindness.

Salerno does not accommodate you with any More…

Shamrock Red

By | 09.10.08 | 11:07 am

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – The loudspeaker sounded a few minutes after the Hot Gun began firing. “Attention on the FOB,” the voice intoned. “Shamrock Red.”

“Shamrock Red” indicates an incoming medevac, the staff of the base’s media operations center explained. It was unclear if the casualty or casualties More…

U.S. Forces Spread Thin

By | 09.09.08 | 4:44 pm

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – Spartan compared to Bagram, Salerno is a large, no-nonsense base about 12 miles from the Pakistan “border” — more on that later — that houses Task Force Curahee.

Curahee is largely comprised of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division from More…

Dark Side of the Moon

By | 09.09.08 | 2:30 pm

BETWEEN BAGRAM AIR FIELD AND FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – When I arrived at Bagram, a public-affairs officer named Chuck asked me what I thought of Afghanistan, notwithstanding the fact that all I had seen so far was Kabul. I told him that the place reminded me of the More…