So, I did. I got approved to embed with a Marine unit, filled out the paperwork absolving the Corps of my not unlikely demise, and took off for Kabul.
The freedom of being a civilian in that environment was a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that I could cover whatever I wanted, and a curse because so many ranking contacts now refused to talk to me. Weird being the enemy on the American side like that, but it was a good trip.
I'll be posting a series of photo essays and features on my time in country over the coming weeks, and this is a preview of what's to come.