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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.
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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/21/AR2009062102021.html?hpid=artslot

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