Afghanistan – day 1

Left DC today to travel to Afghanistan to conduct some ethnographic research. All the normal hitches: an overbooked flight, problems with my phone, and the inability to get a boarding pass for my flight into afghanistan.

While waiting for my flight I grabbed a sandwich. A female army command sgt major was nice enough to let me sit at her table. Turned out that she is also on her way to Afghanistan and also works at camp julien, writing counter insurgency doctrine. The sgt major told me that the new coin class’s format just started and so I may be one foe first cohorts to go through the new training. Best advice she gave me was how to negotiate with Safi Airlines to get my boarding pass!

I am writing from Dubai, where I have seven hours before my flight. More to follow…

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