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Posted by Mark Brunswick
Last update: February 2, 2010 - 9:47 AM
 
Today includes the second part of a four part series on the war in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of several Minnesota National Guard units deployed there You can return to an earlier blog post about a convoy the 114th Transportation Co went through in Helmand Province and see video here Here is a video diary I posted about flying into Kabul and a blog entry on that as well Later today, I'll post some pictures like these of life at Camp Leatherneck, where the 114th is stationed

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Inside the 114th's men's tent They've since moved to more permanent digs
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Sunset at Camp Leatherneck


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We are sending Girl Scout cookies!
Thank you for sharing a look at what our friends are going through in Afghanistan Our friend, Sgt Tim Pixley, is also with the 114th A group of his friends from high school (it's been 20 years) have been supporting him with cards, letters and care packages This month we are sending Girl Scout cookies We are up to 150 boxes - our new goal is to send every member of the 114th a box The girl scout troop we are working with is sending pictures and thank you cards to go with the cookies We are happy to send mre cookies if anyone wants to donate This reporting hits so much closer to home when it's someone you know and care about Regardless of your feelings on the war, these are the children, husbands and wives of people you know You can hate the war, but we need to love and support the soldier
posted by jodiwishart on Feb 2, 10 at 2:08 pm | 

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