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I was conducting my usual news search this evening when I ran across this story not long after it was posted by The New York Times.  I couldn’t believe it.  This is wrong.  Just plain wrong.

U.S. Captain Hears Pleas for Afghan Detainee
New York Times
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
Published: May 24, 2009

GHAZNI, Afghanistan — Capt. Kirk Black, who trains the Afghan police in this impoverished province, developed a practiced skepticism about claims of innocence during a decade as a Baltimore police officer.

But last January, when relatives of an Afghan imprisoned at the Bagram military detention center begged him to look into the case, he agreed to listen. Eventually he became convinced that the detention was a case of mistaken identity and put the family in touch with a lawyer.

Soon, Captain Black was facing a potential legal battle of his own. One of his senior commanders ordered him not to discuss the case, and the military sent an officer to investigate him. He retained military defense counsel.

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In March, Captain Black said, he was ordered by a commander several rungs above him to “toe the party line” and not discuss Mr. Khan’s guilt or innocence. He was also ordered not to allow two journalists who visited his base to accompany him on routine trips to Waghez.

A few days later, as part of an official military investigation, a more senior officer unexpectedly arrived at Captain Black’s base to question him about conversations with Mr. Khan’s family and with this reporter. The investigating officer also sought a sworn statement from this reporter, who declined.

A military spokesman in Kabul did not respond to questions about why the decision was made to investigate the captain — or whether he would be punished.

WTH?  Investigate him for what? Trying to help Afghans? Isn’t that his job?   Incidents like this, and the Haditha Marines, and CPT Roger Hill and 1SG Tommy Scott, and so many others make my blood boil.

I also discovered Michael Yon linked to the story with, Injustice and Captain Black.  He thinks there’s something to the story.

1:33 am EDT

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Vampire 06 at Afghanistan Shrugged is a Team Chief for an Embedded Training Team with the Afghan National Army.  His latest post, What Price Victory for an Afghan ETT?, will give you an inside look at a little piece of COIN (Counterinsurgency).   While you’re there, be sure to read I Shoot You Because I Care! (Heh.  Loved that one!), as well as ETT: Mutt Soldiers.  Take some time to read his prior posts.  Heck, just bookmark the blog.  Go back later and read more, and stay up to date with his new posts.  You won’t be sorry.  You’ll get some real insight into what ArmyBro and the rest of our ETTs do over there.

2:42 pm EST

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“We are trying to help people anyway we can,” said Army Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Magnum, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division command sergeant major. “Whether we’re mentoring the ANA or giving them aid, it is part of being an American. It is what we do; we help people.”

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“It defies belief of what they don’t have,” said Army Col. Kevin Hulett, ARCAC logistics mentor with the Illinois National Guard. “There are kids around our FOB with no shoes, no socks in two or three inches of snow sticking their hands through concertina wire and grates saying, ‘gimme something, gimme chocolate.’ They have less than the homeless people back at home.”

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Air Force Staff Sgt. Candance Benson, Joint Operations non-commissioned officer, Air Force Staff Sgt. Marjorie Moore, Joint Intelligence Operations Center NCO, and Tech Sgt. Ramona Boulware, Logistics NCO, fill humanitarian assistance bags. Volunteers filled bags with a variety of foods, schools supplies, clothes, and toys.
Photo by Pfc. Derek Kuhn

Full story at DVIDS.

1:24 pm EST

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2009 – The Year of the NCO

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From the United States Army’s official website, The Year of the NCO:

In recognition of their commitment to service and willingness to make great sacrifices on behalf of our Nation, Secretary of the Army established 2009 as “Year of the NCO.”

Throughout 2009, the Army honors NCOs through initiatives and events that:

* Enhance awareness and public understanding of the roles and responsibilities of today’s NCO.

* Enhance and accelerate the development of NCOs through education, fitness, and leadership development initiatives.

We invite you to join the celebration of one of America’s greatest assets, the NCO Corps, the “backbone of the American Army.”

More info at the Army Times.

12:23 am EST

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Yeah, I watch too much Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  This story, though, isn’t about that show.  This story is about veterans, volunteers, Operation Coming Home, Blackhawks, and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, The Black Daggers, coming together to build a home for Joey and Jayme Bozik.  Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee has the details, pictures, and links.  In particular, check out the video at the WRAL link.  Today, October 27th, is Joey’s “Alive Day” — the day he awoke from a coma after losing both legs and an arm in Iraq in 2004. (via AoSHQ)

3:43 pm EST

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Remember the Fallen

241 Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers killed on October 23, 1983 by Islamists in the Beirut barracks bombing.  There’s a reason it’s called the Long War.  (h/t B5)

1:43 pm EST

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