In 2012, I was on a roster of soldiers who were supposed to deploy to Afghanistan with a Pennsylvania National Guard Stryker Brigade. President Obama cancelled the deployment. It was the fourth and last war I volunteered for.
Nearly all of the Afghanistan veterans in my unit agreed the country is beautiful. Many wanted to go back. During the 20 years this war lasted, many did go some on multiple tours.
Now the longest American war is over. President Biden said we will be out by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the attack on America that led to our invasion of Afghanistan.
The British and the Russians both suffered major defeats in Afghanistan. The country has a reputation as "the graveyard of empires."
My fondest memories of the deployment that wasn't was training with these guys: