Conflict & Justice

Afghan Vet On What It's Like at a Forward Operating Base


Credit: MCC Michael B. Watkins

KHAVAJEH MOLK, Afghanistan (Dec. 12, 2010) A Soldier mans a security outpost at a construction site. Active duty and reserve component Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalions 40, 18 and 26 secure and fortify a remote combat outpost on the eastern edge of Khavejeh Molk, Afganistan. The village is located approximately 25 miles north of Kandahar and is being used as a patrol base for the U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment. Combined efforts by joint forces will restrict movement of Taliban insurgents and help secure self-governing efforts in Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael B. Watkins/Released)

Host Marco Werman talks with Sergeant John Israelsen on how was it possible for the US soldier to leave the base.

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