Fall 2012 Alumnae/i Notes

- This from Christopher Foreman '96: He was promoted to major on the first of October, stationed at Fort Stewart, GA as the Public Affairs Officer.  Congratulations!  Earlier while at Fort Bragg, NC he served three deployments, two to Afghanistan.  He was with the Cavalry division: "In the CAV we get to wear the cool Cowboy hats!"  Wife Elizabeth is going to Savannah School of Art & Design for architecture and they have two girls Kenna, 7 and Libby, 5.  He has some contact with Steve Thielen '94 and Jason Meyers '94. [email protected]

- From Jacob Haider '10 in Afghanistan: "The reality of war has sunk in-- it is the young private, 18 and 19 years old that is more often than not the one that loses life or limb. Either that or someone older who enlisted in an attempt to turn their life around and begin again . . . and then you talk to these soldiers; they are like you and me, with wives and kids and dreams. How senseless it all is - and my anger at an enemy who kills indiscriminately, who hides behinds civilians, who assassinates and mass murders innocent civilians, grows."  Speaking of training the Afghan police, etc. he says, "We are trying to finish strong after 8 long months of frustration with the lack of concern and apathy we face each day. But we do our duty as best we can with a smile on our face.  I constantly remind my teammates, 'Don't Stop Believing.'"  He writes some profound things about living in the present, gratitude and relationships.  These are, in his words, 'the fuel of my soul.'"  One very fervent and thoughtful man. This especially, is very moving: "My Afghan Army counterpart, Major Shafiqullah, was killed last month in an IED strike as he led the Afghan unit I am partnered with in an operation. This is the closest, the most emotional, that I have yet come to the violence, suffering and loss of war."  He described the Memorial for the Major. "Every Afghan Soldier from our base was there, as well as representatives from our company.  And all had come to pay their respects. We (the US leadership) stood respectfully at the rear." At a signal from an Afghan religious leader all knelt. "The Religious Officer began chanting verses of the Qu'ran as we, Afghan and American, all bowed our heads and placed our hands palms-skyward. Together as comrades we prayed to God/Allah for one of our own who had fallen. .  .  I had an interpreter tell me what was said.  They prayed that his soul might be welcomed into heaven, they prayed for his family and comrades left on earth, and they said that he died for a purpose higher than himself.  . . . I said my own prayer, reflecting on the life of my partner who had grown to be my friend. I thought about his wife, his two sons and two daughters.  The bomb that took his life perhaps was placed there by some poor villager, willing to be complicit in evil deeds in order to gain needed money for his family, or perhaps was placed there by a misguided youth with no future who was given a purpose by evil men." [email protected] -