I’m SMSgt Rex Temple and am currently at a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Afghanistan in proximity of the Pakistan border. For the next year, I’m part of an Embedded Training Team (ETT) tasked with mentoring the Afghanistan National Army (ANA). This will be my fourth and final Middle East deployment. When I return home next year, I will submit my retirement request and look forward to a new journey. This is also my first attempt at creating a blog.
The primary purpose of this blog is to communicate with my lovely wife Liisa, extended family/friends and to document my experience while serving my country on my last deployment. I’ve made a personal decision to share my journey with the public. My hope is for the American public to see what else happens in a combat zone besides being engaged in kinetic activities. My goal is to depict what I see, hear, smell, and do.
I am happily married to my soul mate Liisa and have a great life. I may not be a millionaire, but I am blessed with intangible riches. Not only have I been rewarded with an extraordinary wife, but we also have two children (furry dogs) who provide hours of entertainment and they will be sorely missed.
The opinions expressed within are mine alone and not endorsed by the DoD or the US Air Force.
For OPSEC reasons I will not reveal sensitive or classified information or any information that could bring harm to me or my comrades in arms.
See my profile on Milblogging.com
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Added in June 09: I am amazed how many people are tuning in and following my blog.
Originally it was a medium to stay in contact with my wife Liisa, family members and friends. Now I get up to 1,000 hits a day! A lot of the credit for the blog goes to my wife who assembles the pictures and posts my writings since I do not have reliable broadband Internet access at my FOB. Without her assistance, I couldn’t upload new content to the blog. I do all the writing and photography and then send what I want posted to my wife via e-mail who is patient enough to serve as my web producer back home. Hopefully the Internet access gets better soon and I can do more of the posting and web site/blog maintenance myself. (I am not an employee of WUSF Radio and do not get paid for the weekly interviews reporter Bobbie O’Brien does with me; nor do I get paid by anyone else to write this blog.)
You can reach me by posting a comment or via e-mail at TRexinAfghanistan@gmail.com.