Michael's Dispatches

Edvard Munch in the Marijuana Patch

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Grasses to the left, sweet grapes to the right.

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We arrive into a compound.

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Though it’s dark still, the normal camera vacuums in the light.  Soldiers from 4-4Cav take a break while others clear ahead.

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Bomb dog was worn out.

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Soldiers pushed to the roof for security.  (My laptop battery is fading.)

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4-4Cav Commander LTC Mike Katona, on his fifth combat tour, checks out a bike.  Afghans use these small bikes to go just about anywhere.  Some bikes come to Afghanistan in crates from China and are assembled in small shops.

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Afghan leaders poring over a map before sunrise.

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As we prepared to leave the first compound. Lieutenant Sarah Levy noticed “The Screamer” in the mud wall.  After LT Levy pointed it out, others saw it.  It was as if the ghost of Edvard Munch was alive here in depths of Afghanistan.

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    bman · 9 years ago
    A LTC with 5 combat tours leading a helicopter insertion. Things have changed since Nam.
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    Randy Hensel · 9 years ago
    I am sending a check to Winter Haven for the amount of a pizza. I'm on it once each month for you. Hope this helps. Keep up the good work. I'll reread this post while at Burger King eating a double wopper and large fries, drinking an ice cold coke. Say "Hi" to Apache Troop for me. God Bless
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    BV · 9 years ago
    Michael, thanks for the book. It is awesome! I've had many guests read it and looking to order copies.
    I suggest you look into an iPad. The 10+ hour battery life is well worth it.
    Be safe!
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    Phillip Kite · 9 years ago
    Love the Edvard Munch scream! Your images are amazing. Your work is important! Keep up the flow of truth! stay safe!
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    Thomas Krivulka · 9 years ago
    Michael, keep up the good work. Your insight into the unfiltered realities of what is really happening day by day is invaluable for all of us back home. Your work will be remembered as the gold standard for front line journalism for future generations, there really is nothing else that comes close. Pass along our best wishes to all you are with, their service ( and yours ) is appreciated beyond words.

    Stay safe, we all are counting on you.
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    Wayne Philpot · 9 years ago
    Mr. Yon, once again you bring the day to day highs and lows of a bunch of folks doing their business a long way from home right to the desktops of us here at home. Great photography, and even more awesome attention to detail - i.e. "The Scream." Keep your head down and prayers lifted for you and the magnificent folks of the 4-4.
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    Rick Reiss · 9 years ago
    These night time photographs are mesmerizing. Bravo Zulu!
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    Mark · 9 years ago
    Great photography and stories, love reading your articles. Recommend you let the whole Menard/McChrystal thing go though, makes you sound bitter and snarky, you ain't got time for that noise. Other than that, keep up the good work and stay safe!
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    CC · 9 years ago
    ...to my son in Afghanistan.This online journal has provided me with the window I needed to peek into his world. We received your new book,thank you.Suggest it become required reading for all those holding public office. So much courage and love,as well as painful moments in such a strong tasteful format.Son is with another Troop at the moment(good guys),but I'm sure he'd want me to send his love to 4-4 CAV.So I am!
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    Bryan Andrew · 9 years ago
    That camera is awesome! The pics that you take have a really.. weird but cool look to it! The one where they were in the compound I honestly thought it was day time!
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    Henry · 9 years ago
    I too feel a connection thru these posts with my SON-inlaw who is there now with 4-4CAV. Michael, your narrative is so vivid I can visualize what you describe without the photos, but the photos, as Mr. Rick Reiss said, are mesmerizing. I really enjoy your candor and you sharing your honest truthful thoughts and opinions. Thanks again for giving us here in the States a glimpse of what our brave men and women endure over there.
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    Violette · 9 years ago
    Peace doesn't exist,only Moments of Peace.
    "Stay hungry,Stay foolish,Stay healthy"
    Don't be "bitter and and snarky"

    WE LOVE YA !!!
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    Matt · 9 years ago
    What kind of camera do you use? The photos are amazing.
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    W.E. Henley · 9 years ago
    What is a "screamer", as in last dispatch, please?
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    Violette · 9 years ago
    is the most famous painting {crayon and tempera on paper,1893]by the Artist Edvard Munch,it is an symbolic icon of existential anguish.
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    Greg · 9 years ago
    Being a soft spoiled state sider and never close to combat, other than California gangs, your reports are my gateway drug.

    You are the only journalist I read.

    Thanks.

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