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between two of our vehicles. I wondered what would be- come of him. Would our pres- ence in his country give him a chance at a better life?

Travel to Central Asia

As an individual augmen-

tee and a lieutenant colonel, I had some control over my destiny, in terms of dates and travel. I decided to fly out to Camp Pendleton, Ca- lif., to do some advance pre- deployment interviews with personnel from the larger Marine Force preparing to relieve the brigade that had been in southern Afghani- stan since last year. Among the interviews I did in Cali- fornia was one with Major General Richard P. Mills, who would become the senior USMC ground commander in April. I didn’t expect the General to adjust his busy schedule to accommodate me, but when he heard I was an historian he brought me right into his office. He’d majored in Political Science in college and said he loved history. (Wished that all

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Marines shopping at an Afghanistan Bazzar.

students felt that way.) He was certainly aware that he would be making history and offered some salient oserva- tions for me and my recorder.

I’d originally planned to fly commercially to Afghani- stan. The Defense Travel System set up an itinerary that would involve a flight to

Frankfurt, Germany, to Del- hi, India, and then to Kabul, Afghanistan. A collegaue told me that the last leg would probably be on a propeller

driven plane, accompanied by chickens and pigs, and that I should never expect my gear to get to Kabul. I know he was kidding, but I was apprehensive, nonetheless. But the February blizzard that closed down Washing- ton, D.C., put the government way behind in terms of official passport and visa processing. So I opted to fly military.

My rotator flight went out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. I was the only Marine among 270 soldiers and airmen, sticking out with my brown desert utilities. Everyone else was in green. We flew into Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, and then went on to Incer- lik AFB in Turkey, where weather delayed us for a couple days. Then it was on to Manas AFB in Kygyr- zistan. That stop was of particular interest to me, as it was in a former Soviet “Republic.” As the Cold War ended 20 years ago, most of my younger “fel- low travelers” did not come

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