It was supposed to be a day trip, but you never knew.

Robert, obsessed with the film Black Hawk Down, lectured Jason constantly about preparedness whenever they left the base—those guys thought it was a quick afternoon jaunt, and look at what happened to them!

CHARIKAR BY JOSHUA FOUST 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 27

Jason had the day off. This was new to him—in the five weeks he’d been in Afghanistan, he had…

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