Return to Afghanistan


Day by Day

17 February 2011

All is looking good for my return to Afghanistan within one week.  The more researched photo-dispatches will be published here.  For daily updates that will not make it to main dispatches, please sign up for my Facebook.

Your support is crucial for my work in Afghanistan.  Thank you.


# Mario28 2011-02-17 05:23
Stay safe over there. We appreciate what your doing immensely! Tell our boys, and the allies, we thank them for their service and courage.
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# Jeff Kerbo 2011-02-17 05:32
Good luck Michael.Stay out of trouble (if you can).
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# Dan 2011-02-17 05:32
Watch your 6 brother. Definitely the big guns. Thanks for doing the tough job!!!
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# KP 2011-02-17 05:35
Keep your head down over there!
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# Marjorie Harris 2011-02-17 05:50
Just mailed a small donation to your Florida address. I pray for your safety on this journey as I have on all your other ones. I am very proud of the job you are doing to give us the real story. God bless.
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+1 # RE: Return to AfghanistanPeter 2011-02-17 06:01
Michael, ah yes, the pen, and camera, are mightier than the sword. Keep it up, soldier of God! Blessed are the peacemakers!
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# Max Perry 2011-02-17 06:36
"Always faithful" fits you like a glove Mike.
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# xoxoxoBruce 2011-02-17 07:09
I look forward to your reports, and will continue to contribute to your support, but facebook? Never!
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# Frank Burt 2011-02-17 07:56
Take very good care of yourself, Mike. Tell our kids and their allies we we love them and stand behind them. We appreciate their sacrifice. They are not forgotten.
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# Peter Olney 2011-02-17 08:00
Hi Michael,

If you get near Camp Nolan Smith in Kandahar, PLEASE say hello to my son-in-law Rob Sterling who is a Chaplain for the 504th Military Police Battalion. He's a GREAT guy, married to our daughter who is a Major in the Army Medical Corps. It would be nice if you could surprise him by giving him my BEST WISHES for a safe return home.

Thank you,

Peter Olney
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# Levin Tull 2011-02-17 08:08
I don't always like to read what you have to say, but the truth needs to be told, painful and real as it is. Stay safe.
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# golfbravotwozero 2011-02-17 08:33
Michael, what about to embed with italian para within RC-W? Take care.
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# Gary Lingner 2011-02-17 09:03
Stay safe. Godspeed.
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# mike wilson 2011-02-17 10:10
Hang Tuff-- like always- send out the word-- -- when you get back-- and rested up-- we have a war on our southern border-- cover it-- as it might be as nuts as the Afgan conflict-- Hug a Few Marines for me-- Mike Wilson
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# Lorene 2011-02-17 11:58
Stay safe while overseas Michael, looking forward to your dispatches againg.
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# Mike burgoyne 2011-02-17 11:58
if you ever travel to FOB Band - E Sardeh, look up my son an 11B
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# Leyla 2011-02-17 13:08
Keep safe, be awake and aware!!
Thank you for all you do!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

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# ret7 2011-02-17 14:46
have to wait for your posts here Mike, am off FB they tried a phishing operation on me when I moved - trying to get me to ID people in photo's - many, most of which I'd never uploaded/seen before as part of a security feature.

Besides, am to busy these days to spend the time on FB that I did before so with very few exceptions its no loss

Keep your head down and keep yourself focused
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# Jeff Stanley 2011-02-19 15:28
It is my understanding that during his victory parades, along with the troops and weapons, Mao Se Tung gave an honored place in the lineup to a printing press.
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# Tommy Barrios 2011-02-27 18:39
If anyone wants to get a real feel of what it is like to be in Afghanistan then I suggest watching the documentary RESTREPO. It is available online (Google it), at most video rentals and available on NETFLIX.

You will come away either for or against our involvement there, but you will surely have a deep respect for our troops and what they go through in that hell hole!
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# Afghan Patriot 2011-03-30 15:37
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# Ian 2011-03-30 20:21

Thank you for clarifying the incident and obvious media twist that Rolling Stone is attempting. Also I commend you for being vocal about what the difference is between excessive force and escalation of force.

Keep driving on and telling it as it is.

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# Afghan Patriot 2011-03-30 21:00
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# LeRoy Malinkovitch 2011-03-31 01:56
I think it likely America will leave Afghanistan sooner rather than later. Will you be happy to see the Taliban rule and Afghanistan to continue grinding along in the darkness of the 14th Century? No science, no art, no human rights--but the heavy fist of Islam and Sharia law holding everything down and in place? Are you and most Afghanis going to be happy with that outcome?
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