Losing the Battle, Winning the War: Konar, AFG
Today, the Washington Post published a phenomenal article on the life of a Company Commander in the Konar Province in Afghanistan and his day to day interactions with the local population; from engaging the elders in Shuras to attempting to console a father who lost his 9 yearold daughter to a Taliban bomb. This article tangibly conveys how winning the war against the Taliban is largely a non-kinetic fight. Officers on the ground must be able to enjoy living in a foreign country and embrace local customs. CPT Harrison shows us that all soldiers of freedom seeking nations can find common ground upon which to build respect and trust.
- CPT Harrison consoles the father of a 9 yearold girl killed in a Taleban attack.
On a more personal note, CPT Michael Harrison grew up in Southwest Virginia just as I did. When the candidates from SW Virginia were looking to attend West Point, I still remember Old Grads raving about CPT Harrison as an excellent example of what “right” looks like. It’s an honor to read about a true hometown hero doing wonderful things for our country.