Category Archives: War Stories & Vignettes

The Kid By The Red Door (or, “I’m No Angel”)

Everybody had a moment when they lose their cool. Everybody. I probably lost it a few times, but I have been thinking recently about one time. This was in Tal’Afar. We were on a route sweep / screening mission of … Continue reading

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Humanity; Humility

In the fall of 2007 we conducted a large cordon and search of a Sunni slum where a lot of sectarian violence had occurred in the early days before the Surge. School-house Road (pictured, which I have written about) used … Continue reading

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Sniper-Check (Part II)

Continuation from Sniper Check, Part I The entire place was weird for us.  We were not used to anything like this whatsoever.  We started wearing our PT  uniforms and tennis shoes around [I had to dig those out of duffle … Continue reading

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Sniper-Check (Part I)

In mid-August 2005 we were in the throes of conducting counterinsurgency operations in Rawah, all the while continuing to scrape out more room on the combat outpost we were operating at, called COP Rawah (Duh) that I have written about … Continue reading

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Coalition Airstrikes In Tal’Afar Kill Deash “Administrative Emir”

Well it looks like Tal’Afar is making noteworthy news again, but at least this time it is for something good. Looks like Abu Bakr  al-Turkmani , an “administrative emir” was the intended target. Sounds like fancy-talk for admin-bitch. [From the … Continue reading

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“I Think This Place is Crazy”

I have been thinking a lot about night patrols recently. I think it’s because as I work on not only this blog but my next book, I have been pouring through all of the photographs and videos I have from … Continue reading

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When to shoot; When not to

The decision to pull the trigger once aim is taken is often slightly labored, but is and must be made with the quickness. There have been media stories on violence and atrocities committed by U.S. forces in Iraq mostly – … Continue reading

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A Christmas Present from Haji

We kicked out of the FOB early morning on the 24th of December – Christmas eve’s day. Our destination was Sinjar. Sinjar was a quiet town with little enemy activity. They were extremely friendly towards Coalition Forces and the Kurdish … Continue reading

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One For Gordon (or, “The Night The Radio Net Was Compromised”)

Disclaimer – I only really remember specific portions of this story, and I think it took place over the course of two separate nights – I’m telling it to the best of my abilities so there may be some inaccuracies; … Continue reading

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Getting by with a little help from my friends

So after much consideration, a little cajoling by friends and a mentor (thank you, Stan!) I took the big leap and I self-published an eBook. I feel like this is a shameless self promotion but I have been assured that … Continue reading

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