C. J. CHIVERS reporting for the New York Times has earned a reputation that matches men like Michael Yon whose reporting of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan have been compared to legends like Ernie Pyle and Joseph L. Galloway.
I am going to link a quartet of C.J. Chiver's reports to provide a window on what our young soldiers are doing in Afghanistan. Reading his dispatches and viewing the accompanying photo essay by Tyler Hicks places the reader along side our countries finest.
This first article profiles Marine Cpl. Sean P. Conroy, of Carmel, N.Y 25 who is the senior of two Marines assigned to train and advise an Afghan Army platoon at Firebase Vimoto in the Korangal Valley in Northeast Afghanistan.
On the ground, far from the generals in Kabul and the policy makers in Washington, the hour-by-hour conduct of the war rests in part in the deeds of men this young, who have been given latitude to lead as their training and instincts guide them.
Each day they organize and walk Afghan Army patrols in the valley below, some of the most dangerous acreage in the world. Each night they participate in radio meetings with the American posts along the ridges, exchanging plans and intelligence, and plotting the counterinsurgency effort in the ancient villages below.
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