A Video that Hits Home
I love this video for the content but it truly resonates with me on a much deeper level. The video was filmed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Wilson in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan.
When I oversaw the dog program for Afghanistan, FOB Wilson was where the plea for additional dog teams originated. That plea and the sequence of events afterwards forever changed my life.
By the end of my tour in Afghanistan we had flooded hundreds of “Paws on Ground” to FOB Wilson and the surrounding bases. FOB Wilson was the epicenter for the 2011-2011 fight for the dreaded Arghandab River Valley.
FOB Wilson and the Arghandab River Valley is also where a large portion of my first novel, Paws on the Ground, is set.
I’ll never forget flying in a helicopter from Kandahar Airbase to FOB Wilson and taking notes about the scenery in my little green notebook. It was that day I knew I would be a writer someday.
In the video is Staff Sergeant Abdnon who I knew as a young Soldier when we were both stationed in Germany and later Iraq……many years ago. Staff Sergeant Abdnon sphere of control grew from a dozen to ten times that number as we flooded dogs into Afghanistan. Because of Staff Sergeant Abdon’s tireless efforts with dog teams and the Tactical Explosive Detector Dog program many lives were saved.
Great memories….. Times I will never forget.
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