By David Kaelin

No Regrets is an irreverent examine the conflict in Afghanistan struggle from the viewpoint of a security contractor. A 12 months and part after the dual Towers fell in long island urban, the writer came across himself in Bagram, Afghanistan operating for KBR—the infamous Halliburton safety contractor. Over the following decade, he traveled throughout Afghanistan as a part of the U.S.-led army crusade “Operation Enduring Freedom.” in the course of that point, he labored himself up from an accounting clerk to a senior mentor for Afghan colonels and generals within the western quarter of Afghanistan. Shona ba Shona (side-by-side) with the Afghan police and the Coalition army forces, Dave Kaelin and the lads and girls he labored with strove to construct the Afghan nationwide protection Forces (ANSF) right into a expert army command in a position to protecting and preserving the country and the folk of Afghanistan. alongside the way in which, Dave navigates via demanding cultural minefields, sells the U.S. military by itself courses, and reveals maniacal treatments for the boredom of a struggle quarter because the army makes a decision how one can continue with the Afghanistan drawdown.

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I never had the “pleasure” of receiving small arms fire while at Bagram. However, on a few rides into Kabul, we took small arms fire near the Kabul Airport. S. military went into the hills surrounding the airport and cleared out enemy combatants. After that, it was relatively safe in Kabul. The only thing that one did have to fear was improvised explosive devices. A couple of friends were killed on the road to Bagram from Kabul by roadside IEDs. I drove that road alone in a thin-skin Toyota Hilux a few times and never received a cross look.

As soon as he signed, the Afghan convoy leader walked over to us. ” I started laughing. My first real experience with Afghans and they were running a scam on us. ” The Afghan actually managed to look offended by Chief’s question and then answered, “Oh, no! ” The Bagram maintenance crew showed up a few minutes later. They had everything we needed to get the vehicles back to base. Chief all but told the Afghan guy to screw off and to shove the valve stems up his ass. Within a half hour, the trucks were up and running.

It spread like wildfire from that point. Apparently, none of these guys or gals had discovered the benefits of condoms. The guys who came in for STDs were all disciplined under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). But I’m sure that there were more involved. The girls were all sent back home. The beauty salon hired new girls and business went back to normal. After that incident, the Army made the beauty salon girls move off base. AAFES moved them to a safe house downtown in Kabul. No massage girls or barbers lived on any of the Kabul area bases after that.

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