A Reservist's Tale Of A Tour

A Harsh Reminder

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It’s been enough that when people who aren’t military hear where I’m headed in a few months I always get asked “But aren’t we pulling out of Afghanistan?” and I have to provide the recap of what’s going on there.

Yesterday morning I read the initial reports on a few incidents including the one in Kabul. Before I set off for my day’s events I heard 13 Americans died in an attack near Kabul. Over brunch with my wife I heard the update that one of them was actually a Canadian.

Canada’s military is very small and playing Six Degrees of Separation is easy. Chances are if you don’t know someone personally, you know someone who does. Getting to a third degree is almost certain if you don’t.

So we all wait with baited breath to hear the name, to find out if it is someone we know, as though it’s somehow better if we don’t. We run down a checklist of who we know over there and wonder when we heard from them last.

And finally, the name comes out. You feel a brief sense of relief that it wasn’t someone you know personally. Then you realize that doesn’t matter, that the loss is still tragic because some part of the family is feeling it that close and we know how that feels, I do for sure. Been there done that.

And so we honour the fallen, thank them for taking the risks they did, and we resolve to carry on.

RIP Master Corporal Bryon Greff. Not in vain.


Written by Nick

October 30, 2011 at 8:16 am

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