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    Default Cousin's Kid Working in Kabul

    This is one of my cousin's kids, Hunter Clark USMC. I got word last night he's been in Afghanistan the last few weeks and yesterday he was tasked with being part of the 3000 troops heading to the embassy in Kabul for the withdrawal. These days I am not too up to date on what is going on, so not sure what else Captain Dementia has f'ed up this week.

    Any words of wisdom I can pass on to him or my cousin? I don't think she is taking this too well but knows he has to do it and knows he will do it to his best.

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    He is in our thoughts and prayers! OOH RAH!
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    Prayer sent for all involved.
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    Prayers sent.

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    Since you specifically asked for advice, think Mogadishu:

    - protect yourself and fellow Marines, first and foremost; you must come home to friends and loved ones

    - carry/bring extras and backups of everything, including weapons, ammo, NODs, comms, GPS/PLGRs, BFTs, anti-tank weapons, body armor, extra armored vehicles, turret guns, kevlar blankets, etc. "Two is one, and one is none" is insufficient when you don't have FOBs with QRFs (and resupply) anymore... (and zero time to stop and fix anything)

    - plan not only on reactions to the most likely and most dangerous enemy courses of action; plan for 2 or 3 additional ECOAs, as well as as many branches and sequels as you can think of... especially "escape and evade" plans; have your own personal hard copy maps on you, and do your own map recon, if able

    - expect multiple, intense, increasing harassing fire and multiple coordinated, complex attacks (both from the start point to the objective, then from the objective to the extraction point; the latter will likely be many times as intense)

    - trust your gut and make your own contingency plans and rules of engagement (with your fellow Marines) in addition to the plans and orders pre-determined for you by higher-ups

    - get yourself right with God (if not already) and pray long and hard...and continually...throughout mission execution....as the rest of this tribe is already doing...

    Godspeed.
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    And don’t rely on the ANA. They will not stand up and fight. The dust there is like talc powder- run very little CLP. The rocks in the mountains shred you boot soles like razor blades- carry extra boots if you can. If he has deployed before, he knows- baby wipes go a long way if you don’t have showers down range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthNeighbor View Post
    Since you specifically asked for advice, think Mogadishu:

    - protect yourself and fellow Marines, first and foremost; you must come home to friends and loved ones

    - carry/bring extras and backups of everything, including weapons, ammo, NODs, comms, GPS/PLGRs, BFTs, anti-tank weapons, body armor, extra armored vehicles, turret guns, kevlar blankets, etc. "Two is one, and one is none" is insufficient when you don't have FOBs with QRFs (and resupply) anymore... (and zero time to stop and fix anything)this doesnt make sense. Have you served? Regular units get their body armor issued state side, and there isnt enough SI in arms rooms to double issue anything. You get what is there.

    - plan not only on reactions to the most likely and most dangerous enemy courses of action; plan for 2 or 3 additional ECOAs, as well as as many branches and sequels as you can think of... especially "escape and evade" plans; have your own personal hard copy maps on you, and do your own map recon, if ablewhat?Maps arent handed out willy nilly.

    - expect multiple, intense, increasing harassing fire and multiple coordinated, complex attacks (both from the start point to the objective, then from the objective to the extraction point; the latter will likely be many times as intense)

    - trust your gut and make your own contingency plans and rules of engagement (with your fellow Marines) in addition to the plans and orders pre-determined for you by higher-ups. in the 20 yrs we have been in Afgjanistan, we have NEVER FOR ONE SINGLE DAY been in a Weapons Free status. This is a coordinated retreat with the Dems trying not to look like retards. They will be given a WEAPONS TIGHT status, 100% gauruntee. Making up your own ROE will get you put in prison faster than a black kid raping a white Alabama girl in 1930

    - get yourself right with God (if not already) and pray long and hard...and continually...throughout mission execution....as the rest of this tribe is already doing...

    Godspeed.
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    Current reports of Kabul Airport taking fire and Taliban have taken over Presidential Palace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3corners View Post
    Current reports of Kabul Airport taking fire and Taliban have taken over Presidential Palace.
    Indeed. Its going down already. Choppers pulling people out, Afgan Pres has fled and its being called Biden's Siagon.
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    Maybe China Joe should ask Putin for advice. The Russians have a little experience in leaving Afghanistan.
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