Friday, January 19, 2007

News of Afghanistan ٤٢

43? It feels like I just started. Well, except for the weird hours and long shifts at this WFX I am currently involved in...

A Russian APC hulk at Bagram AF (photo by...Me!)


Ok, Ok! Does this help? See also.

New Zealand Army = Afghan Tourism?

Photograph by : CanWest News Service

And not to forget the Canadians!

Oh no - I sure hope this works out peacefully.

This man has excellent qualifications - Columbia/Afghanistan? Sure!

EU, to the rescue?!

Economic and pricing news.

Water, water...hopefully everwhere!

An Afghan man looks on at U.S. Special Forces soldiers and International Security Assistance soldiers patrol, not seen, in Spawan Ghar, Panjwayi province, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. Panjwayi district is the site of NATO's biggest ever ground battlefield. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) [via]

Tribal Tribulations. Heh...Nice pun!

You're fired! Donald Trump? No, Hamid Karzai!

A govenor escapes...other innocents don't.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like al Qaeda is planning its own "surge" this spring.

European countries should be paying attention, and more of them getting seriously engaged in the defense and rebuilding of Afghanistan.

This is so much like watching the gathering storm of WWII all over again.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Love you Major John .....

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Major, forgive me for the shameless plug post. Once in a while a BAC helps out our troops. Here is a good example! Just another reason I am proud to work for Unilever.


Citizen Deux, LCDR USN

“Adopt a Soldier Platoon” Helps US Troops Connect
Through “Operation DVD” American soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan can send videos to their friends and families back home.

Thanks to the Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon (AaSP) – a grass-roots initiative launched by Unilever USA employees in New Jersey and Connecticut – more than 25,000 troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan have the opportunity to make DVDs to send to loved ones back home. This was made possible by the Platoon’s latest initiative, “Operation DVD,” which was started almost one year ago and is the most far-reaching project the group has tackled to date.

Alan Krutchkoff, a Unilever employee, is the president and co-founder of the Adopt-A-Soldier-Platoon. “A video is powerful. It allows friends and family to see and hear a loved one far from home,” stated Krutchkoff. “It’s better than an email, a picture or a distorted webcam image. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a DVD worth to the families and friends of these brave Americans? One of our ‘adoptees’ in Iraq suggested this ambitious project, so we gave it a try.”

After hearing about the program, Valhalla, NY-based Fujifilm U.S.A. wanted to be part of this effort and donated 25,000 DVDs. “Sending home a video is a natural way to bring the soldiers and their families together, which was especially important around the holidays,” said Gene Kern, Director of Advertising and Marketing for Fujifilm.

However, getting the several thousand pounds of DVDs to Afghanistan and Iraq was costly. The Army and Air Force couldn’t ship the DVDs and the shipment needed to be paid for privately. “It was getting a little depressing,” said Krutchkoff, “We had the DVDs but couldn’t afford to get them to Iraq, even with the special rate DHL was giving us. So, I made one last plea to our more than 200 members for help.”

And then another generous company stepped in – the Pepsi Lipton Partnership (PLP), a joint venture between Unilever and Pepsico. PLP makes all the Lipton branded ready-to-drink teas. “We had a great year,” said Joe Bigos, chief financial officer of PLP. “We wanted to share our success with America and the troops.”

“Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we’ll have helped these brave Americans send messages home, share their feelings, show they’re okay and connect with those who love them and miss them,” added Krutchkoff. “Now that’s a great picture!”

Click on the following AaSP link and find out how you can make a difference in the lives of our brave troops: Adopt A Soldier Platooon or email Alan.Krutchkoff(at) to participate.

8:32 AM  
Blogger SgtHook said...

Great pictures Major John... seeing them reminds me so much of my time in the Stan. So many Americans have no idea what life in Afghanistan is like... keep up the good fight.

1:39 AM  

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