A Reservist's Tale Of A Tour

About Me, And The Blog, And All That

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This blog is, in essence, a simple manner of keeping in touch with a whole lot of people at once. Rather than trying to keep up on mass email dispatches to a constantly changing interested mass, I thought it was far easier to set up a blog, distribute the site info, and let those who wish to subscribe do so at their leisure.

In most cases, you’re reading this because I’ve given you the link and you’ll have pretty good  idea of who I am anyhow, but you might have just happened upon it, in which case, a more formal introduction is in order.

My name is Nick. I’m a Captain in the Canadian Forces, a Reservist. I set up this blog as an easier way to keep in touch with people while I deploy on my first tour overseas, on Op ATTENTION in Kabul, Afghanistan. I wanted a way to share the experience with coworkers, friends, and well, anyone else who stumbles upon this. Many of you reading this will of course know me personally already, or indirectly. I’m hoping to make it as interactive as possible, so if you’ve got questions or something to say, go ahead. I’ll try to keep engaged with you all. I should highlight, this is in no way official, but if you’re looking for me to say anything controversial, I’m not going to. While there’s lots of MilBlogs out there, and my view is that they’re an important way to connect those who serve with those we serve, it’s not something that’s all that common, yet.

I’ll tell you all about workup training, about the process, and try to give you the most detailed insight into what it’s like to deploy. I can’t tell you everything, of course, but what I can share within reason, I will. I’ll hopefully give you a glimpse of the life of a soldier, and capture the stories of my friends, my teammates, and my own experiences over the last several years I’ve been doing this.

I’ll post whenever I get a chance. I use an iPhone app often to start posts, and sometimes when I stop and start they may seem a little disjointed. Sometimes I write in the “stream of consciousness” style, sometimes I’ll actually frame out a post in advance and it’ll seem to have more structure. I hope that makes it more interesting. The truth is, I have no idea what will happen with it. The more feedback I get from readers, the more I’ll try to shape the story, and we’ll see how it turns out.

Our mission isn’t a “kicking ass and taking names” mission. We’re not out chasing the Taliban. There won’t be thrilling accounts of firefights or contacts, unless things go really, really wrong. The mission, however, is important. It’s probably more important to make sure that the efforts we have put in to stabilizing Afghanistan are not wasted than anything else we can do. It will allow all the other efforts we’ve made to work. We, and our allies have spent a lot of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Our treasure. My friends’ blood. We will see their work through, even those who are not here to watch. We’ll help the people of Afghanistan build a state that will function and let them choose their destiny.

Comment. Ask questions. Tell me what you want me to talk about, and I’ll use that to shape the blog. You’ll get a bit of an idea of who I am, but I’m going to keep a lot of things muted to make sure that the message I convey is as clear as I can make it.

Written by afghanistanagogo

August 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

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  1. Good luck and God speed Nick.

    Bruce Cowan

    November 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

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