September 17, 2012
What am I doing back here? (Yellowhammering Afghanistan)
How did I end up back in Afghanistan?
The easy answer is: "I'm in the Alabama Army National Guard and these days that means you're just as likely to end up in Afghanistan for nine months as you are doing your one weekend a month, two weeks a year."
But it's not really that simple.
It all started with a phone call in November 2010. Lt. Col. Bob Weakley, who was the team chief of the Alabama Embedded Training Team during my last deployment in 2007-2008, was then the battalion commander of the 1st of the 167th Infantry, the legendary Fourth Alabama. He was in need of a fire support officer because the 167th was in line to deploy to Afghanistan in 2012 as part of a Brigade Combat Team out of Arkansas.
I won't bore you with the various functions of a battalion and the role of the various officers. Suffice it to say that I know a thing or two about fire support. In fact, I would suppose I know more about fire support than anyone else in the Alabama National Guard. It was my bread and butter for 20 of my 26 years in the Guard.
Posted by David M at 9:27 AM