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September 23, 2006

Someone you should know.

A casualty local to the Castle's Demesne (local in midwestern terms).

Kansas Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Bernard Lee Deghand, 42, was killed by small arms fire Friday while conducting combat operations as part of Operation Mountain Fury, said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, adjutant general for Kansas. He left behind his wife, his daughters Jami and Emma, and his stepson, Craig.

You can read the rest here: Karla sends.

You want an encapsulation the impacts of Transformation, the kind of war we find ourselves in, the ability of the Volunteer Force to allow us to conduct this war without a full-fledged buy-in by the American people (and mind you, I'm not sure that fighting this war *with* a WWII-level of commitment would work, under the circumstances) - in many ways, it's all right in this paragraph:

Deghand was a member of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Division Artillery Embedded Training Team, Bunting said. His unit was involved in training Afghan soldiers in mechanized infantry tactics using armored personnel carriers.

National Guard Division Artillery Headquarters personnel teaching mech infantry tactics. Back in the 80's, when I wrote two of HHB 25th DIVARTY's AT training assessments, never would I have guessed that they'd find themselves one day training the Afghan Army in mech infantry tactics.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.