afghanistan

Charlie Thomas goes to Afghanistan

charlie in iraqYou may remember Charlie's previous war experience, in Iraq-- living with and delivering greetings to the troops in and around Baghdad in December, 2006. Thomas spent most of his stay imbedded with troops at Camp Taji, just north of Baghdad, which houses the 827th supply base for forwarding operating bases their necessary supplies (FOBs).

(Charlie in Iraq at left)

This time Thomas is off to Afghanistan, embedding with the 203rd Engineering Battalion which is assigned the task of clearing IED's (improvised explosive devices) from the country's roadways-- making it safer for soldiers and civilians to travel.

Prior to their departure, the 203rd has been training to prepare for the rigors of duty in a combat zone. While training at Camp Clark, Thomas visited the men and women of the 203rd and brought back some snapshots of his visit. On October 12th and 13th, Thomas will spend time with the unit at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

While in Afghanistan, Charlie will tape and send home reports fro the war-torn country much as he did during his Iraq trip.

Listen to Charlie's Message about the trip

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Soldiers of the 203rd training at Camp Clark in Nevada, Missouri in early September '09

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Charlie chats with unit training officer

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Charlie talks to Lt. ILiff the units Public Affairs Officer

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Charlie travels to Joplin to visit family members at a Family Resource Meeting. During deployment families struggle with everyday chores-- with Mom or Dad gone the resource group helps family members when things go wrong.

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Back at Camp Clark a soldier explains what the training will accomplish.

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Soldiers awaiting their turn at training.

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Soldiers talk in a round table environment about what it means to prepare for deployment.

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A young wife at the Family Resource Meeting explains how the family prepares for Dad's deployment.

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Captain Vaughan and wife have both had separate deployments. This will be Captain Vaughan's second.