Each day brings the day Zach leaves Afghanistan, but it is so difficult to be patient. Zach sent an email describing the conversion to fall that is occurring there. The beautiful sunset the cool air, the smell of winter. He indicated that he is down to about 11 days, left in COP Carwile. I thought you had left already and then volunteered to go back. But he is dedicated to his team his brothers and didn't feel right not being there with them until they all left. And leave they will very soon, but it does not change the stress and feeling of anxiety that Lisa and I feel.
Zach said the non local taliban members were beginning to leave for the winter, very much like when he arrived but somehow it was always active. His concerns again involved the unit that is replacing his. On one hand they can't arrive soon enough and on the other hand my heart goes out to them and their loved ones who will endure the continuous worry and stress that this brings to everyone. God bless them!
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." Dwight D. Eisenhower
You are superman, you are my hero I love you with all my heart Zach.