We flew a Dutch Chinook helo from KAF to FOB Lagman. Convoying by road is dangerous, so I am told. It is unfortunate that I didn't get a chance to lend my warrior training to the fight. Oh well.
This trip will probably be my only view of the "real" Afghanistan. Impressions: rugged country, desert with scattered green areas, livestock being tended on foot, mountains without snow caps, sparse population. We did get a view of a fortess reputed to be left by Alexander The Great about 2500 years ago. Hopefully I will at least get more of a flavor of the country by interacting with the locals.
The team that we are relieving was quite happy to see us.
By the way, if you want to come visit us via a Dutch Chinook, contact your travel agent.