Bag’s Take-Away:

What the hell? When did US soldiers start dressing like this? As part of the Afghan wind down, the Army introduces “Casual Shelling Day.”

(photo: Erik De Castro/Reuters caption:: U.S. soldiers from Task Force “No Fear” Alpha Co 2-27 Infantry “The Wolfhounds” fire a 120mm mortar at the Taliban position from Combat Outpost (COP) Pirtle King in Ghaziabad district in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan September 27, 2011.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

What the hell? When did US soldiers start dressing like this? As part of the Afghan wind down, the Army introduces “Casual Shelling Day.”

(photo: Erik De Castro/Reuters caption:: U.S. soldiers from Task Force “No Fear” Alpha Co 2-27 Infantry “The Wolfhounds” fire a 120mm mortar at the Taliban position from Combat Outpost (COP) Pirtle King in Ghaziabad district in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan September 27, 2011.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
If this is any indication of where the training of the Afghan Army and the handoff is going, I want my war tax dollars back. If this is any indication of where the training of the Afghan Army and the handoff is going, I hope no U.S. war widows come across this. If this is any indication of where the training/handoff to Afghan Army is going…. 
Actually, reminds me of this. 
(photo: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption: Soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) line up at U.S. Marines Patrol Base Johnson in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 5, 2011.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

If this is any indication of where the training of the Afghan Army and the handoff is going, I want my war tax dollars back. If this is any indication of where the training of the Afghan Army and the handoff is going, I hope no U.S. war widows come across this. If this is any indication of where the training/handoff to Afghan Army is going….

Actually, reminds me of this

(photo: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption: Soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) line up at U.S. Marines Patrol Base Johnson in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 5, 2011.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

On the eve of what’s got to be a highly controversial event for U.S. troops slogging it out in Afghanistan, Obama’s announcement to end his surge and commence a drawdown, do you think Eric Schenk’s foot soldier here:

a.) has a subtle message either for Schenk or the military strategists?
b.) just has a funny way of scratching his nose?
c.) really doesn’t like having his picture taken?

(caption: US SFC Eric Schenk (L) from Viper Company (Bravo), 1-26 Infantry discusses with his men their possible route during a foot patrol in Sabari district in Khost province in the east of Afghanistan on June 21, 2011. President Barack Obama will announce the size of his drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan on June 23, mapping out an endgame for a 10-year war that has exacted a fearsome human and financial toll.)
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On the eve of what’s got to be a highly controversial event for U.S. troops slogging it out in Afghanistan, Obama’s announcement to end his surge and commence a drawdown, do you think Eric Schenk’s foot soldier here: a.) has a subtle message either for Schenk or the military strategists? b.) just has a funny way of scratching his nose? c.) really doesn’t like having his picture taken? (caption: US SFC Eric Schenk (L) from Viper Company (Bravo), 1-26 Infantry discusses with his men their possible route during a foot patrol in Sabari district in Khost province in the east of Afghanistan on June 21, 2011. President Barack Obama will announce the size of his drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan on June 23, mapping out an endgame for a 10-year war that has exacted a fearsome human and financial toll.)

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Meanwhile, in news from Afghanistan (courtesy of the Army Flickr page), we saved two puppies!
(photo: uncredited/ Army Flickr Stream caption: U.S. Army Spc. Ahren Blake, a combat medic from Clinton, Iowa, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, holds two puppies he found at an observation post in the Aziz Khan Kats Mountain Valley range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 15. The puppies have been living with the Afghan National Army Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps, which man the Ops that 3rd Platoon visited.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Meanwhile, in news from Afghanistan (courtesy of the Army Flickr page), we saved two puppies!

(photo: uncredited/ Army Flickr Stream caption: U.S. Army Spc. Ahren Blake, a combat medic from Clinton, Iowa, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, holds two puppies he found at an observation post in the Aziz Khan Kats Mountain Valley range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 15. The puppies have been living with the Afghan National Army Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps, which man the Ops that 3rd Platoon visited.)

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