One of my first posts after I arrived on FOB Al Masaak was Pictures of the ANA in which I talked about how excited the ANA soldiers were to have their pictures taken. I spent a few days at FOB Apache last week, which gave me the opportunity to print those pictures out and bring them back to Al Masaak.
When I went up on the hill last night to give them their pictures you would have thought I was handing out gold bullion. It was quite the sight and I have to admit I was a little uncomfortable as I was completely engulfed by these guys as they tried to get close enough to see if they were going to get a picture.
I soon attracted a throng of 20 or more soldiers and as soon as I was done handing out all of the prints I had they began positioning themselves for more pictures. I spent the next 30 minutes taking pictures on the hill, in front of their vehicles and in the flower garden – the Afghans love their flowers! I am not sure why, but a popular pose was with their cellphone held to their ear.
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