Saturday, February 2, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- February 2, 2014

Army Pfc. Jesse Wilkins, right, assigned to the 25th Signal Battalion in Kabul, shoots pool with Army Spc. Wayne Thompson of the 810th Medical Detachment. Wilkins said he strives to keep his deployment interesting and resist falling into a rut that could lead to complacency and impact the mission. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Marvin Baker

Deployed Troops Resist ‘Groundhog Day’ Mindset -- US Department of Defense

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 – It’s a running joke among many deployed troops: every day feels like Groundhog Day.

Tomorrow, as Punxsutawney Phil emerges from hibernation to check for his shadow, many U.S. forces in Afghanistan will feel like they’re characters in the old “Groundhog Day” movie in which Bill Murray plays a weatherman who repeatedly relives Feb. 2.

They’ll rise from their same bunks, put on their same uniforms, eat the same chow at the same dining facility and conduct the same mission they do every single day throughout their deployments. But most say they make concerted efforts to break the routine – not only to keep their sanity, but to keep their edge in a tough operational environment.

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More News On Afghanistan

President Karzai leaves for London to attend trilateral summit -- Khaama Press
Afghan Taliban leader reported killed -- UPI
8 NATO service members die in Afghanistan in Jan -- NZWeek/Xinhua
District chief survive from blast in eastern Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
In-flight transfusions saving lives on the battlefield -- Stars and Stripes
Eastern Afghanistan residents wary of U.S. departure
-- USA Today
Pentagon doesn't know if it's buying Iranian oil in Afghanistan -- Foreign Policy
Afghanistan continues Iran oil purchase despite US pressure -- Press TV
Alleged terrorism ties foil some Afghan interpreters’ U.S. visa hopes -- Washington Post
Afghanistan pins hopes on natural resources -- Al Jazeera
Drone pilots stationed in Afghanistan talk video games in a Reddit AMA -- Venture Beat
The next steps in Afghanistan
-- Trudy Rubin, Mercury News
What's the Afghanistan mission? -- Doyle McManus, LA Times
Troops in Afghanistan get Super Bowl feast -- Army Times

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