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My Bridge to Nowhere

A few months after my platoon transferred AOs to the Serkani district in Afghanistan, I brought the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team--with the local District Governor--to Pashad for the first time in five years. At that meeting, the villagers asked for a bridge. This bridge would help them avoid traveling quite a distance, through Taliban-contested terrain, to get medical help. I doubted it would ever happen, hence the moniker “my bridge to nowhere”.

Long story short: the Kunar team got a grant to build the bridge and, just this week, finished it. Big ups to Big Sarge Will for finding the link.

Pashad is near and dear to my heart. To get a feel for my obsession with this small village, check out my past posts:

- IO...Or how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Propaganda

- A Tale of Two MEDCAPs: Part I and II

- Did You Accomplish Anything Out There?

- The Dumbest Thing I Saw in Afghanistan

- How to Win an American Heart and Mind

- A Tale of Two MEDCAPs, Now in Technicolor!

- On V in Other Places: Infantry Magazine

two comments

Congratulations, this must feel pretty rewarding, even a few years removed.

your links are messed up on this page.

Nice blog. Very thoughtful.