Afghanistan Through Pictures: A Peek Inside

Afghanistan through pictures from my Afghanistan deployment as part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). It is adapted from a funny presentation my co-worker made right before it was time to head home. It will show you where we worked and pictures from around the base and Kapisa Province.

Afghanistan through pictures from my Afghanistan deployment as part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). It is adapted from a funny presentation my co-worker made right before it was time to head home. It will show you where we worked and pictures from around the base and Kapisa Province.

We were at Forward Operating Base Morales Frazier. The French were there too.

Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

This is my office where a 3 Star General came to visit. We might have some weird stuff in the office, hopefully he didn’t notice.

Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

Can you find the crowns we wore on a rough day? The bubbles we blew when we needed a good laugh? The art work we colored when we needed a break, oh and then graded too. The fake award declaring how awesome the Civil Engineering office was.

This is the way most of our project sites looked like.

Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

Out in the middle of nowhere with a group of 30 or so kids. Where do they come from? The pink building was the school we were inspecting. Not yet completed.

Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

This is the best way to communicate with the contractors in Afghanistan. Pointing. It is the newest engineering term.

We had a meeting with the local elders and a few other people decided to show up.

Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

This is meat from the local market.

Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

Yep those little black things are flies. Luckily, we don’t have to eat there. On a good day we took pictures of our food. Here is one of the best.

Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

Another thing we would see is camels and nomads along with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Did I mention the scenery here is beautiful? There are so many crops of corn and pomegrants in Spring. And the mountains are beautiful in any season.

Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

But all we really wanted to see was home.

Afghanistan through pictures: Afghanistan through pictures: Stories from my deployment in Afghanistan @Airman2Mom

Nine months of my life was spent in Afghanistan. I have a lot of memories from that experience. And friendship that have lasted well past the end date. It is something I never wanted to do, but did. And not only did I survive, I also thrived.

Have you ever done anything you didn’t think you could do? I’d love to hear about it.

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