This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Rogers: Barbecue in Kandahar

Stocks in this article: BA AAPL

Shortly afterward, we made our way to a decrepit terminal known as Taliban's Last Stand. Apparently, the Taliban staged a desperate last-ditch defense of the building against American forces in 2001.

This fact, and key safety procedures, were explained in a briefing to all new arrivals. The issue of rocket attacks was quickly addressed, with the "greeter" exclaiming loudly that, "This is a war zone." On hearing a rocket alarm or an explosion, he said, you should lie face down for two minutes with hands over your face and ears and your mouth open (apparently this lessens the risk of concussion). After two minutes have passed, you then seek shelter in one of the myriad concrete bunkers dotting the base and stay put until the all-clear sounds.

The other important safety rule (which I didn't expect) requires everyone to wear a reflective belt at night, reducing the risk of accidents on the base's roads.

Armed with this information and my press accreditation, I was taken to the media center: an army tent furnished with dust-covered desks and beaten-up chairs.

"We don't get many journalists coming through these days," said one of the affable Mississippi National Guard members staffing the center. This perhaps reflects the planned drawdown of U.S. troops from the country by the end of 2014.

Next up was a quick drive around the base with the Air Force captain hosting me during my time in Afghanistan. It seemed like mile after mile of concrete blast walls and countless concrete bunkers -- a low-rise town of 30,000 people that feels strangely reminiscent of the dustbowl. Outside the perimeter wire was an expanse of featureless scrubland, with mountains looming on the horizon.

Finally, I attended a barbecue to celebrate the 70th birthday of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, the unit I'm embedding with. The 451st provides a host of critical services in Afghanistan, from Aeromedical Evacuation missions to air drops and troop movements, as well as transporting DVs, or distinguished visitors.

Once the speeches were done, I got a chance to speak to some of the 451st's members about their deployments -- the atmosphere was friendly and surprisingly laid-back. All in all, a normal end to a thoroughly surreal day.

-- Written by James Rogers in Kandahar.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to:

2 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,655.56 +298.69 1.72%
S&P 500 2,045.68 +32.79 1.63%
NASDAQ 4,726.1950 +81.8830 1.76%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs