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Old 01-01-2013, 04:47 PM   #41
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They are still trying to get that school up and running, I figured they would have given up on that project years ago. Its to close to "j" town, and I doubt we still have had any presence in there. I know the few times we tried we turned around.

Oh BTW I am from the DFW area too, I used to live in Hurst and Euless before I joined, my wife and I parents are there, she used to live in Arlington untill that hurrican flodded out there home in Sep 2010

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Old 01-01-2013, 04:49 PM   #42
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:59 PM   #43
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Welcome back.

You were in Zhari? No way!!! I definitely know a lot about zhari (zharay). I was with working with USDA and PRT and the Canadians military trying to build that agriculture center next to FOB Wilson. I original came into theater with USAID working for that medical clinic out side the district center but stayed and helped out with USDA on the ag cntr. I got some pix...maybe we can share to compare how zhari has progress.
So you were a project manager with Raytheon in Kuwait, then now you're in the US, living in the Midwest and have a pharma degree and are a pharmacist? Now you were in Afghanistan working as a USAID contractor?

I think we need more clarification, or rather timeline.

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The funny thing is that as a civilian, I have more "boots on the ground" then a bunch of chairborne rangers on e46. Sitting a a fob in KAF or BAF OR even Manas doing "fire guard" duty is not a combat development.
please elaborate on your "boots on the ground" experience. I think you're referring to Swish here, but some of us "e46 Rangers" have gone out on patrols, weeks at a time, living in farm houses/out of vehicles, cleared villages, taken IDF, etc.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:00 PM   #44
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So you were a project manager with Raytheon in Kuwait, then now you're in the US, living in the Midwest and have a pharma degree and are a pharmacist? Now you were in Afghanistan working as a USAID contractor?

I think we need more clarification, or rather timeline.



please elaborate on your "boots on the ground" experience. I think you're referring to Swish here, but some of us "e46 Rangers" have gone out on patrols, weeks at a time, living in farm houses/out of vehicles, cleared villages, taken IDF, etc.
She was also an engineer at one point...
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:03 PM   #45
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So you were a project manager with Raytheon in Kuwait, then now you're in the US, living in the Midwest and have a pharma degree and are a pharmacist? Now you were in Afghanistan working as a USAID contractor?

I think we need more clarification, or rather timeline.



please elaborate on your "boots on the ground" experience. I think you're referring to Swish here, but some of us "e46 Rangers" have gone out on patrols, weeks at a time, living in farm houses/out of vehicles, cleared villages, taken IDF, etc.
Deleted so I won't feed the troll . PS, you have some very valid questions below... Need the fanatic detectives to come in here!
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:05 PM   #46
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She was also an engineer at one point...
While plausible, id just like to see a timeline of her accomplishments and see how it all fits together.

that, and all that schooling must certainly rack up debt and not to mention the time it takes to earn those credentials while being in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:13 PM   #47
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They are still trying to get that school up and running, I figured they would have given up on that project years ago. Its to close to "j" town, and I doubt we still have had any presence in there. I know the few times we tried we turned around.

Oh BTW I am from the DFW area too, I used to live in Hurst and Euless before I joined, my wife and I parents are there, she used to live in Arlington untill that hurrican flodded out there home in Sep 2010

TX pride!

Here are some pix. I can't find my original COP Wilson specific pictures but when I do i will post them. You are right (from what I heard) COP Wilson turned into a FOB with multiple DFAC, gym and they even have their own LZ


The Pom are the best. I tried to sneak a few back to the states but got stop in Kuwait by those damn coast guard and navy customs.


at Nathan Smith flying someone I forgot


book bags for little afghan school girls

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wait, is this F26?

I didn't realize they allowed contractors, that worked for USAID to be armed. Or USAID employees themselves.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:31 PM   #49
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wait, is this F26?

I didn't realize they allowed contractors, that worked for USAID to be armed.


I didn't know either. Hmm my stepfather is contractor in Baghdad and as far as I know he isn't armed.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #50
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I didn't know either. Hmm my stepfather is contractor in Baghdad and as far as I know he isn't armed.
well, plausible explanation is she was part of a security detail?

Most contractors are not allowed to carry weapons unless it is part of their contract and/or part of a security team (e.g. companies that provide security like Xe - formally Blackwater)

There are probably exceptions, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

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I was in Afghanistan, here are some random pics I found on the internet to prove I was there

Some Afghan pomegranates at a market


A random helicopter shot of a CH-47


and some Afghan school kids getting backpacks

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #51
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:33 PM   #52
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I didn't meet any armed contractors
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:44 AM   #53
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Every contractor I met had arms, most even had 2.

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well, plausible explanation is she was part of a security detail?

Most contractors are not allowed to carry weapons unless it is part of their contract and/or part of a security team (e.g. companies that provide security like Xe - formally Blackwater)

There are probably exceptions, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

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or there is this:

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I was in Afghanistan, here are some random pics I found on the internet to prove I was there

Some Afghan pomegranates at a market


A random helicopter shot of a CH-47


and some Afghan school kids getting backpacks
For someone that claims to have been out in the field those picture look like they were taken on KAF. The one picture is of Kandahar pomegranates with the signs in English. The rafters and wall construction also don't look so much outside the wire. Also the school picture has some soldier without ballistic gear or weapons and no security detail. Picture was likely taken at the school on KAF.

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There are quite a few armed contractors. Not all are Americans aswell. I met a few Brits that were armed up.

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