Michael's Dispatches

Embed Approval

47 Comments

23 May 2011

The US military in Afghanistan has approved my return with US forces.  Embed should start roughly 02 June with no particular end date in mind.  The plan is to start down South, head to Kabul, then elsewhere.  There will be much fighting this summer.  The Taliban appear to be taking a terrible beating.

Of note: rumors were spread last year that I had been barred from embed for OPSEC violations.  I have never been barred from embed.  Not for OPSEC or for any reason whatsoever.   No military has ever accused me of OPSEC violations.  The accusers have been discredited.  For example, some within the milblog community spread the rumor that I had been disembedded from Canadian forces for security violations.  I’ve never embedded with Canadian forces.

Bottom line: I should be back in Afghanistan in about 10 days.

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    Nettie Harrison · 7 years ago
    Stay safe & God Bless you and our troops! Thank you for all the knowledge you provide to us all!
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    Peter · 7 years ago
    God speed Michael, and stay safe!
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    Frank Moore · 7 years ago
    I`m happy we will be getting the true news fom Afganastan!! :lol:
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    Melissa Geib · 7 years ago
    Be safe Michael! God bless to all our soldiers!
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    Jack Kaltenhauser · 7 years ago
    Be safe Michael, Let the troops know there are millions of us you prayer for their safety every day.
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    Jered · 7 years ago
    I look forward to hearing recent untainted news from the Middle East. Thank you and be sure to thank the troops for their sacrifice and commitment for me and all grateful Americans.
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    David Quin · 7 years ago
    Can not add more to what has already been stated. Stay safe Michael. You are with America's best.
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    Bob Mack · 7 years ago
    Mike, please stay safe over there,and please tell our troops that they are admired and respected. God speed to you and all of them.
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    Barb · 7 years ago
    MY SON IS THERE - HOPE YOU AND ALL STAY SAFE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING THE TRUTH.
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    Dennis · 7 years ago
    Vaya con Dios!
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    PeterGunn · 7 years ago
    Love your reports and photos! :roll:: We look forward to visit with our troops! Take Care!!!
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    Gil C. · 7 years ago
    May God be with you Michael! We really appreciate your posts of what is really going on over there. We need all the info we can get. Plese be safe.
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    Muna DeStefano · 7 years ago
    Michael-Be careful and tell them we have not forgotten them!! God Speed- you will be in my prayers!! Thanks for the Soldiers Angels support!!
    God Bless and stay healthy
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    Melissa Baker · 7 years ago
    My brother just returned...
    Best is always with you - you know to keep a weather eye out, stay hydrated, and grab a shower when you can ;-)
    We'll be here when you get back!
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    Sandra · 7 years ago
    Stay safe and I will try to hold down the Florida front while you are away. Love your reports.
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    Ann Dowty · 7 years ago
    Will be interested to see what's really going on by your reports. Stay safe and God Bless.
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    mike burgoyne · 7 years ago
    look up the Ramrods 2-2 IN, 1 IBCT
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    Ted Thomas · 7 years ago
    you might explain what OPSEC is.

    Sincerely,
    Ted T.
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    Bill Dunn · 7 years ago
    Thanks, Michael, for all of the work that you do over there. Having you to filter out the garbage :-x from the liberal press :sad: is much appreciated :-) from this old Veteran and Army Brat.
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    Mark Brown · 7 years ago
    I truly appreciate your reports and you insight since you have experience behind you. You know wherefrom you speak. I for one trust what you say and love the photos you have been able to capture. You are providing a great service to both our men and women in harms way and those of us home enjoying the freedom they are protecting. I hope to see you photos in a "coffee table" book formate some day. God Speed, Michael and my the hand of your guardian angle remain close to you.
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    Mark Brown · 7 years ago
    Poster Bill Dunn said it, "Where were you or someone like you during Vietnam?" Welcome Home everyone!
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    Mark · 7 years ago
    [quote name="Ted Thomas"]you might explain what OPSEC is.

    Sincerely,
    Ted T.[/quote]
    OPSEC is operational security, and some people were claiming that Mike had compromised the troops with his reports and that he was not allowed to embed with troops because of it, they also made claims that he was courtmartialled and all sorts of other accusations. As Mike has said, none of that was true.
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    David Marshall · 7 years ago
    Michael,
    one of my sons is an EOD Tech working out of Azizullah. He's a big fan and would be glad to let you bunk with his team if you get over that way !!
    They have been real busy.
    Stay safe.
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    Dale Anderson · 7 years ago
    Mike
    You might try to get some time with USAF Combat Controllers. My brothers are doing and outstanding job, pushing the tip of the spear up AQ and Talibans heine. You are doing an outstanding job, keep it up. Retired CCT and 12th Grp..
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    Tom Kubitz · 7 years ago
    Not having served, I find "Acronym Finder" a handy Favorite when it comes to looking up terms. Haven't missed finding one in the last 10 years.
    Tom Kubitz
    Freeport, IL
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    Randall Klug · 7 years ago
    Prayers to you and our troops, Michael. Thanks for all you do and looking forward to your new book when its ready.
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    Ryan Nash · 7 years ago
    Michael,

    Good luck with your embed this summer in Afghanistan with our troops. I hope you get a chance to embed with the Marines, I'd love to hear about how they're taking the fight to the enemy. Stay safe out there Michael.
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    Pam Richmond · 7 years ago
    We support you financially in dribs and drabs whenever we can--but we support you intellectually and emotionally always. Very, very glad that you do what you do for our troops and for us. Thank you.
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    Violette · 7 years ago
    "They" also said MY is a Nazy and a Mafia Don........Truth just isn't out there.
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    Violette · 7 years ago
    From the part of my "homeland paradise" you made me discover an ALL DIFFERENT LIFE I couldn't have imagined existing today,for so MANY BRAVE COURAGEOUS DEDICATED MEN OUT THERE !
    BONNE CHANCE A VOUS TOUS et Biiiiiises ...
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    Mark · 7 years ago
    Mike

    Watch yourself out there, The big bad wolf may be dead but the hornets nest has been poked severly.

    and remember, if the EOD Operator start to run, it's advisable to keep up with him

    Mark,

    Ex 11 EOD Regt RLC
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    CJ · 7 years ago
    ...as always, Michael.
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    Hick · 7 years ago
    As always, love your work and looking forward to having you back in AFG. Be sure to stop by NKC when you pass through Kabul - you haven't been barred from embed as far as we know!
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    Mal · 7 years ago
    Mr Yon, make sure you are one step ahead of Murphys' Law and Sods law come to that
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    Army Mommie · 7 years ago
    My son is currently deployed and I've got a better idea of what he's experiencing because of the work you do. Thank you for helping me understand what he's facing and for telling it like it is. The truth is not easy to deal with, but I deal better with that than cover ups and lies. Thank you for putting the truth out there. The only people who are going to understand what I mean are the other moms and dads who have sons and daughters deployed ...we walk in the same shoes. Hugs to all of them.
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    Tommy Barrios · 7 years ago
    [quote name="Army Mommie"] The only people who are going to understand what I mean are the other moms and dads who have sons and daughters deployed ...we walk in the same shoes. Hugs to all of them.[/quote]

    AND those who have have taken the same road as your son, military veterans, some who have children serving presently.

    Thank you for your sacrifice, those left behind serve also :-)
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    Tommy Barrios · 7 years ago
    [quote name="Bill Dunn"]filter out the garbage :-x from the liberal press [/quote]
    More like the "toxic guano of consensus journalism" 8)
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    Andrew · 7 years ago
    "Iraq: Inside the Inferno"

    What is your expected ship date?
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    Steven · 7 years ago
    Congrats Micheal.

    I know you've been waiting a long time for this. I look forward to your stellar reporting and will continue to pray for your success and vitality.

    Steve
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    DeAnna Chandler · 7 years ago
    Thats great that you're going. If you make it to COP Jaghato, Please say hellp to my son Pfc Stephen Mackey... He's there with the 10th Mountain Div. Hooah
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    Pete Flynn · 7 years ago
    Please be careful Mike. I value every word shared and look to you as a source of truth.
    As far as the milblog community goes; I think for the most part they are a pack of arm-chair generals and idiots. I don't read them.
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    Barbara Whipple · 7 years ago
    Via Con Dias Michael we will have you on our prayer chain and church list for those in danger
    God Bless,
    ;-)
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    oldfatslow · 7 years ago
    My #3 son's a medic at COP Honaker-
    Miracle in Kunar. If you get there,
    ask for Black Doc.

    ofs
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    lone_wulfe · 7 years ago
    Over you and the troopers - hug a SEAL for us and a RANGER. We are proud of all or our troopers whether they are fast-roping or peeling spuds.
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    lone_wulfe · 7 years ago
    02JUN2011
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    Greg Holm · 7 years ago
    Glad you're going back as I really value your posts.
    My prayers are with you and the men and women who fight for our liberty. God be with you as you journey with them.
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    sam · 7 years ago
    you did not have to explain yourself against b5 and jimbo. you do great work and i read both you and them. i look forward to your new kick a#@ dispatches. be safe

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