Today, to commemorate Sept 11th sacrifices, we had an Army Combat Patching Ceremony.
This is what Col Naessens, my unit commander, said in an email to me after I emailed thanking him for recognizing me today: "You are part of the team, and I appreciate you deploying to Afghanistan. Not many civilians do that!!! Thanks for your service."
"NMAA- Educating Future Leaders of Character for the ANA"
"Shohna ba Shohna" -- "Shoulder to Shoulder"