Thursday, September 18, 2014
FOB Lightning to Close
A journalist spends time at FOB Lightning (Gardez) in RC East. The FOB, a small U.S. base adjacent to FOB Thunder where the 203rd Corps of the ANA is located, will close at some point at the end of the year. Once the last U.S. troops leave the ANA 203rd Corps will lose the benefit of the train, advise, and assist mission that ISAF will be conducting under Resolute Support in 2015. The journalist (who also sketches) interviews a number of Soldiers about their present job and the challenges ahead of retrograde and shutting down the base. Read "Final days for an Army Base in Afghanistan", The Washington Post, September 12, 2014 at this link.