to Gardez, 3-4 April 2005|
team from OMC-A went to look at how the transfer of food services to the
Afghan National Army (ANA) was going. Their concern was that the Afghan Army
would not be able to feed itself when we Americans stopped supporting them.
by little, we Americans and the other Coalition nation forces are trying
to wean the Afghan military and political leadership from being dependent on us.
The ANA had been trained to determine food requirements, to purchase food, to
store and cook it under sanitary conditions, and to serve it to their soldiers.
The food service mission had transitioned from the American Army to the ANA
recently. The OMC-A team wanted to see how well it was being done.
fortunate to be invited by SFC J and LTC F, with whom I’d done some Afghan
food-related work on another mission. On this trip we would stay out for three
days and two nights, and use Gardez, a camp about 3 hours south of
met the evening before to get briefed by LTC L on the route, on security issues,
and on the communications gear and weapons we’d take. Just a week before, a
land mine destroyed the middle vehicle in a
next morning at 0700 we departed Camp Eggers, the recently renamed Kabul Compound.
CPT Eggers was a Special Forces captain killed two years ago, again by a land
mine. Truth is, I have little fear of bullets. It’s land mines and booby traps, starting to be found more often lately,
that I worry about. When I worry at all. Which isn’t much.
Still, though it doesn’t often hit the press, this country is not yet peaceful. These are the kinds of reports that regularly show up on our daily readings.
reports receiving small arms and RPG fire from approximately 20-30 ACM
(Anti-Coalition Militia, ie, Taliban) 22km south of FOB Gardez. [Unit] responded
with two AH-64s [Apache attack helicopters] and two A-10s [attack prop planes].
There were 12 ACM KIA and two US WIA. The two US WIA were MEDEVACed to BAF
[Bagram Air Field] and are in stable condition.”
reports the [City] Police turned in a cache 37km northwest of FOB Gardez. The
cache consisted of 17 107mm rockets, 109 82mm recoilless rifle rounds, 164 boxes
of 14.5mm ammunition, 700 loose rounds of 14.5mm ammunition and 5 boxes of
unknown type of fuses. The cache was transported back to FOB Gardez for
destruction at a later date.”
I don’t intend to compare