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We had our Transfer of Authority ceremony this morning. Our replacement unit is now in charge of the mission. Which means our only job left in Afghanistan is to leave. So now the waiting officially has begun.
After the ceremony, I set out to do one more personal mission before leaving FOB Apache. I needed to track down a young Soldier to give him a message from home.
A few days ago I received a short message from a Soldier’s wife. Her husband is an Army Engineer doing the hard, dusty labor required to build the FOB Apache expansion. She asked me to pass on a message to her husband, SPC David Sturm, for her.
After the ceremony I grabbed my camera to hunt down SPC Sturm. I found his unit headquarters and they directed me to the construction site. I went out to there, but he was off running the loader. I told his Squad Leader what I was trying to do & he graciously offered to take a short break so SPC Sturm could receive his message & sent one of the other Soldiers out to get him.
While his team mates gathered on Hesco’s above him, SPC Sturm stood by wondering why a Lieutenant Colonel wanted to see him. As I snapped a few pictures, I explained that I have spent the last 11 months documenting my time in Afghanistan with pictures and posting them on official and unofficial sites.
I am sure the Soldiers were still wondering why the hell I was taking pictures of them. Then I told them that SPC Sturm’s wife had seen my pictures of FOB Apache & asked me to tell her husband how much she loves him. You can see how his face just lit up as he heard those words.
SPC Strum team is obviously very close as you can also see how happy it made them too. As I turned to walk away, I heard one of the guys say ‘it’s ok, you can cry now because I’m kind of tearing up too.’ He is a lucky man to have such a close knit team.
Here is to a young Soldier & his wife. May God watch over him & his team mates during their time in Afghanistan.
Thanks for looking,