Tag Archives: FOB

Suicide and Support: Don’t Be an Elitist Asshole

It’s been over a year now since I wrote the first draft of this article. Reading over it is pretty excruciating, it reads like a poor attempt at controlling an angry rant. Probably because that’s what it was. The initial … Continue reading

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Random Memory: Sledding in Bosnia

By: Peter Sessum I started the Dogtag Chronicles because of experiences I had on campus at the University of Washington. Too many people seemed to think people in the military are a bunch of clone troopers waiting to be sent … Continue reading

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Deserter Returns to Undeserved Hero’s Welcome

By: Peter Sessum Five years ago this month Army Private First Class (PFC) Bowe Bergdahl walked off his firebase in Afghanistan and was promptly captured by the Taliban. Last week his release was secured by trading five high ranking Taliban … Continue reading

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The Infamous Dump Truck Mission

By Peter Sessum So there I was, in Afghanistan, no shit. We were on a mission in the middle of nowhere. Normally, it can be nice to watch the sun rise, but being up since 0200 made it difficult to … Continue reading

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Why Booms are Bad

By: Peter Sessum As the fireworks were going off around the neighborhood right before the Fourth of July I was asked if they bothered me and I had to think about it for a minute. I can honestly say that … Continue reading

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No Justice For Danny Chen

By: Peter Sessum The first court martial for the soldiers that harassed and abused Pvt. Danny Chin which led to him taking his own life in a guard tower in Afghanistan has ended. The military system, the civilian sector’s lack … Continue reading

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OPSEC, You Are Doing It Wrong

By: Peter Sessum OPSEC, or Operations Security, is a very important thing in the military. Most people in the military have a good understanding of it, but the friends and families of military personnel often don’t get it. Most of … Continue reading

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Check Your Priorities

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, in Afghanistan, no shit. I was standing in the terminal at Bagram Airfield waiting to fly to Khowst Province. I had a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) slung across my front, a rifle … Continue reading

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The Culinary Arts in Bosnia

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, in Bosnia, no shit. I was part of the second rotation into Bosnia to enforce the Dayton Peace Accord. Things in country were still a little hairy. We were on a little hilltop … Continue reading

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Why Grunts Hate POGs

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, in Afghanistan, no shit. I was in Khost Province on FOB Salerno and about to go on a mission. There was a part missing from my machine gun mount so I went into … Continue reading

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