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February 23, 2013

War Stories: Civil Affairs+The Congo+Hookers+Bacardi

By: Josh L.

In the summer of 2010 I finally received the news that I had been waiting to hear since I first joined the Army nearly eight years earlier,  I finally got a mission to somewhere other than Iraq.  It was a Civil Affairs guy’s dream mission, the destination Kinshasa, Congo: “the heart of darkness.”  The team was small, only three of us.  A fellow NCO that I had served with in Iraq and a Captain that in another life had been an enlisted Ranger qualified scout sniper from the 82nd whom I will call “Jeff.”  Jeff had months prior traveled to Congo for a skull session with the embassy’s RSO and the DIA detachment.

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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • Allwet

    Africa has no hesitation in devouring the hand that feeds it, a place where even the long grass has long teeth. Tough call to hear for sure.Its a tough place to the extent of total noncomprehension by most... To put Africa into perspective for the frantic save the worlders, note the hysteria of Ebola, as its bled out a few thousand souls; Well, Malaria kills 10-15 MILLION A YEAR in central west Africa alone.SLOWLY.That's just from skeeters... A while back, I came across a You Tube video of Jessica Buchanan being interviewed, and an African American female derided her severely because she mentioned a fear of being raped, "as if were the worst thing in the world"....I thought (I apologize in advance here...) you dumb f'kin bitch-in Africa , that could mean tens to hundreds of participants, and it could end in a disembowelment .....but I digress. That said, it can be one the most captivating and beautiful places in the world, and it is filled with some very amazingly good people, but the dark side , is very dark indeed.

  • HM1 (FMF) Ret.

    Dude one of the saddest sights in my life was watching a Army Reservest 19yo have to call home and tell his parents he will be coming home because his Field HIV test was positive and he will be going to Germany for confirmation... Banging Ethopian prostitues in Djibouti...

  • Allwet

    ...bad sign , drinking in dingy hotel room in Africa....when you can go to a dingy bar(which fill up with "mosquitoes " when ever a few light faces start to show) and drink LOL. Rule 1 for ranging about at night in the motherland-no one goes alone, period.Probably worked out for the better for the rest of you though-damn if there's not one in every crowd......3 of em-becareful what you wish for here, some of these mosquitoes bite.

  • usapatriotonthemove

    LMFAO!  I'm glad the extra curricular activity's didn't effect the mission other than having Jeff get sent home.  Though...that kinda sucked for you guys. 3 of them, on night one?

  • JHR

    @McPosterdoor  @MedicSteve2 If Ph posts, I OPEN. For Sure:-) Just gotta look.....