Archive for afghanistan

Unsung Hero

In June 2005, 19-year-old Rob Kislow was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne on patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan very close to the Pakistan border. The mission was to hunt down elements of the Taliban. A firefight broke out, and one of Rob’s closest friends was shot in the face and killed immediately. As the team maneuvered into a defensive formation another volley of fire from the Kalashnikovs rained into them. Rob took a round to the back of his head, along his right forearm, and a third through his leg just above the ankle. He told me that he didn’t remember much after that.

July 16, 2012

A Tragic Loss

I just received one of those e-mails you hate to get. Brandon Forrest Eggleston, the only son of Alisa Moody—who used to be one of my graphic designers at the NRA and now manages my website—was killed last night in Afghanistan by an IED. In addition to his mother, Brandon leaves behind a wife and two daughters. Brandon was on his third deployment and was a member of a Special Forces Ranger team. He was slated for helicopter pilot training next week and had bought a jump pass for his mother for a tandem jump over Mother’s Day weekend. Instead, she must fly to Dover, Del. and make arrangements to receive his remains.

April 27, 2012