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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:32 AM

Soldiers deployed to demolish shuttered Afghanistan bases

FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO. • With the sound of babies playing and fussing in the background, more than 150 soldiers who can swing a sledge hammer snapped to attention Monday for a deployment ceremony in their honor. The group was about to go on a nine-month tour in Afghanistan.

“We are sending you to tear down facilities that we started building 11 years ago,” Army Lt. Col. Gary Calese told them of their effort in the ongoing war. “Keep your head down. Keep aware of your surroundings. Keep in touch.”

Made up of carpenters, electricians and masons with ages ranging from 18 to 52, the 77th Engineer Company is the last of a dozen deployments in 2012 from the 63,000-acre base in south-central Missouri.

Major Gen. Mark Yenter, commander of the base, told the company the war is in a “critical stage.” Afghans are expected to take over combat operations by the end of 2014. Scores of temporary outposts, bases and landing zones need to come down.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/d9a6bc5a-6187-5c7a-8a6c-0da1919b2642.html

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:30 AM

1. your war taxes at work!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:48 AM

2. Meanwhile,

 

our Generals are looking for other employment, within other countries to fight. This is just like Star Trek exploring the entire Universe to the Generals. We need to put a leash on them.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:35 PM

3. THIS VET KNOWS THIS IS TRUE

 

Officers just like to make sure people are busy versus them doing a days work. Now if officers were required to participate then this would go the other direction.

Wouldn't it be cheaper to just let our military attack these bases and destroy the base!! Two things would happen, one the excess munitions could be used and two the base would be DESTROYED. Maybe attack the base several times just to show the natives how crazy we really are when we have extra time and explosives.

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