Author Archives: Joseph Morton

An amazing journey

KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Afghanistan — Going home.

It’s been an amazing two months, but it’s time to get back.

Time to see friends and family again. Time to resume our normal lives.

We’ve met many wonderful people on this trip …

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Tourists in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — We’re in the final stretch of the trip now — just a few days left before we head home.

Today we spent some time doing the civilian tourist thing around Kabul. That included a trip to the …

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Q&A with Staff Sgt. Paul Safford of Omaha

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Staff Sgt. Paul Safford

Hometown: Omaha/ Age: 43 / Iowa Army National Guard, Charlie Troop, 1-113th Cavalry Squadron

Q: What’s life like deployed to Afghanistan?

A: It’s …

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Back to where we started

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan — So we’re back to where our trip began.

We’ve traded Camp Leatherneck for Camp Phoenix, where most of the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 1-134th Cavalry Squadron is based.

We’ll be wrapping up a few things here …

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Pigskin fever lives

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Even on deployment here, college football passions run high.

First Lt. Shea McCarty, 25, from Bettendorf, Iowa, is in charge of the vault at the disbursing office at Camp Leatherneck. That’s where the Marines go to …

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Q&A with Spc. Eric Armstrong of South Sioux City

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Spc. Eric Armstrong

 

Hometown: South Sioux City, Neb. / Age: 28 / Iowa National Guard’s 1-113th Cavalry Squadron

 

Q: How did you come to be

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Moving on to the Marines

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — So far, we’ve spent most of our time in Afghanistan with National Guard units in the eastern part of the country.

 

The next few days will be a little different. We’ve traveled southwest to Camp …

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Exit complacency

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — It’s easy to get complacent here when everything is quiet.

For the past five weeks, Alyssa and I have been tagging along on missions with Iowa and Nebraska soldiers without seeing much in the way …

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Radio in a box

BAGRAM AIR FIELD — Today we hopped aboard a quick mission up to Charikar with Iowa National Guard soldiers from Bravo Troop of the 1-113th Cavalry Squadron.

 

The capital of Parwan province, Charikar is only a half hour or …

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Emotions overwhelm

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Strolled around the base a bit on our last night at Forward Operating Base Wright with the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team.

 

The coffee shop guys in the “nursing home” barracks were …

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