Who’s Who in ‘Watches Without Time’

 1. Units

2. Americans

3. Afghans

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1. Units

Lightening Main: The name of the ARSIC-E headquarters in Gardez, Afghanistan.

Task Force (TF) Phoenix: The US command responsible for training the Afghan National Security Forces. They were headquartered out of Camp Phoenix in Kabul Afghanistan.

Team One: A team of US mentors stationed with me on FOB Vulcan, responsible for training the Deh Yak district ANP.

Team Two: A team of US mentors stationed with me on FOB Vulcan, responsible for training the Andar district ANP. I originally served on Team Two, but switched to the Provincial Team in May 2008.

Team Three: A team of US mentors stationed with me on FOB Vulcan, responsible for training the ANCOP detachments that rotated in and out of Ghanzi province during the FDD process.

Team Four: A team of US mentors stationed with me on FOB Vulcan, responsible for training the Waghez district ANP.

Team Five: A team of US mentors stationed with me on FOB Vulcan. They arrived late in our tour and were responsible for training the Ghazni City district ANP.

Team Six: A team of US mentors stationed with me on FOB Vulcan. They arrived late in our tour and were responsible for training the Qarabagh district ANP.

Provincial Team: A team of US mentors stationed with me on FOB Vulcan, responsible for training the Ghazni Province’s provincial level ANP (i.e. the police who oversaw all the district level police). I spent most of the deployment on the Provincial Team.

Team Bull Dog: The team name of another training team at Fort Riley. All team members used “Bull Dog” as part of their radio call-sign during training.

Team Law Dog: The team name of the Ghazni ANP mentors. All team members used “Law Dog” as part of their radio call-sign during the deployment.

Team Mohawk: Our team name during training at Fort Riley. All team members used “Mohawk” as part of their radio call-sign during training.

Team Red Currahee: the Team name of the 101st Airborne, 1/506 Infantry Regiment. All team members used “Currahee”  as part of their radio call-sign during the deployment.

Team War Eagle: The team name of the Ghazni ANA mentors. All team members used “War Eagle” as part of their radio call-sign during the deployment.

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2. Americans

Billy Ace: A civilian contractor working for DYNCORPS assigned to Team Four and a dear friend.

SPC Aaron Addison: An intelligence soldier from my previous unit that I tried, unsuccessfully, to have transferred to serve under my supervision in Ghazni. A dear friend.

SFC Tim Alderson: The operations NCO for team two and the best driver anyone ever had in the war. A dear friend.

2LT Craig Arnold: An Active Duty soldier who volunteered to deploy with us, he arrived mid-tour, became my assistant, protégé, and eventual replacement. My best friend.

LTC Batista: The Commander of the 1/506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

MSG Bates: An ANCOP mentor who served with us for a few weeks.

SGT Chris Blasker: A member of Team Two and the best damn gunner I ever had. A dear friend.

1SG Boggins: A member of my training team at Fort Riley, the senior NCO of Team Two, and one of the hardest men I’ve ever known.

SGT Bots: A soldier in the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard. An intelligence soldier by trade, who was part of the team that replaced us.

COL Boyle: Commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, NY Army National Guard and commander of TF Phoenix VII.

Scott “Doc” Caswell: Team Two’s medic and a dear friend.

LTC Clueless: The ANP Commander for ARSIC-E, he replaced COL Hall.

1LT Clint Creger: A member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard who volunteered to deploy with us, he began the tour as the Executive Officer of Team Four and later took command of Team Four.

SSG Darden: A member of my training team at Fort Riley.

1LT Raphael Escobedo: A member of my Fort Riley training group, he spent a majority of the war at FOB Wilderness and would later join us in Ghazni as a member of Team Six.

CPT Brian Ford: A member of my training team at Fort Riley. He ended up serving as the ARSIC-E S1 (Personnel Officer).

MAJ Nick Garrison: The Ghazni Training Mission Commander and the commander of the Provincial Team. A dear friend.

CPT/MAJ Dan Goodman: A member of the Maine Army National Guard who deployed with us, he originally commanded Team One but became both the Ghazni Training Mission Executive Officer and my chief supervisor after the Army promoted him to Major.

SPC Guzman – A infantry soldier assigned to Team One.

1LT Dan Esposito – A member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard who deployed with us, the Executive Officer of Team Three, and a dear friend.

1SG Fast – The First Sergeant of my previous unit who served at Camp Phoenix.

MAJ Finnell – A member of my training team at Fort Riley.

SFC Fischer – One of the few Active Duty soldiers who deployed with us; assigned to Team One.

1LT Dan Foldes – A member of my training team at Fort Riley.

CPT Dan Fraser – A member of my training team at Fort Riley, the Army reassigned him mid-tour to our Provincial Team where he mentored the Personnel and Finance components of the Ghazni ANP.

1LT Jeff Gibson – A member of my training team at Fort Riley.

COL Hall – A member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, he served as the ANP Training Commander for ARSIC-E. LTC Clueless replaced him.

MSG Hallworth – A member of the Illinois Army National Guard, he served on Team One.

MAJ Hunt – The commander of the Bagram ANP Training Team. My long-time mentor in the New York Army National Guard. A dear friend.

CPT Kingsley – A member of the unit we replaced when we arrived in Ghazni in April 2008, he served as the original commander for Team Two. CPT Morriarty replaced him.

COL Longfellow – The ARSIC-E Commander. He replaced COL Wilde.

SGT Meraz – A soldier from my former unit who served at Camp Phoenix.

CPT Jason Morriarty – A member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard who deployed with us, and the commander of Team Two and a dear friend.

SSG Morrissey – A member of my training team at Fort Riley.

LTC Milton – An officer of the Guam Army National Guard, ARSIC-E sent him to us to get rid of him. He allegedly served as the “FOB Officer In Charge” of our FOB, but in truth, he held no real responsibility.

SFC Meyer – The senior NCO of Team Four, a veteran of numerous conflicts dating back to the early 1990’s, and one of the bravest soldiers I’ve ever known.

Mason Gary – A civilian contractor working for DYNCORPS assigned to Team Two and a dear friend.

CPT/MAJ Malok – Our Team Chief during training at Fort Riley, he commanded an ANP Training Mission in Paktika Province.

Red – One of our original Active Duty US Navy cooks.

1LT Mike Montecillo – A fellow trainee at Fort Riley (who served on MAJ Hunt’s team), he served on the Bagram PMT training team. A dear friend.

CPT/MAJ Mcintire – A member of my training team at Fort Riley.

MAJ Nedmire – The commander of the ANA training mission in Ghazni.

CPT Paul Norris – Originally served as our S3 (Operations Officer) and later took command of Team One after MAJ Goodman’s promotion. He was my immediate supervisor for the first few months of the deployment and remains a dear friend.

1LT Phil Palmer – The Executive Officer of Team Two and a dear friend.

MSG Pender – A member of the Provincial Team and our unit’s senior communications soldier.

SFC/MSG Al Postman – A member of my training team at Fort Riley and my bunkmate at Fort Riley, he first served as a senior mentor on Team Four and later as the head of the Ghazni ANP Training Academy. A dear friend.

1LT Jason Pulley – A member of my training team at Fort Riley who joined us in Ghazni towards the end of our tour as part of Team Five.

CPT Ray – An ANCOP mentor who spent a few weeks living on our FOB.

SGT Rhodes – A soldier from my former unit who served at Camp Phoenix.

CPT Ricker – The commander of Team Four; COL Wilde egregiously fired him without cause.

PFC Rivera – An infantry soldier who served on Team One.

SFC Rucker – An Active Duty soldier who served as the senior NCO on Team One.

1SG Arnold Rock – The FOB Vulcan First Sergeant, the senior NCO on the Provincial Team, and one of the hardest and most dedicated men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. A dear friend.

SGT Santino – An infantry soldier who served on Team Four.

Lt. Cmdr. Seabolt – An Active Duty US Navy Officer who served as the FOB Vulcan facilities manager.

1LT Jesse Shen – Originally a member of Team Four, he later transferred to our Provincial Team where he assisted CPT Fraser.

“Doc” Shaw – The original Humanitarian Assistance Aid coordinator for our efforts in Ghazni.

SGT Sizemore – A former Special Forces soldier who served on Team One.

COL Summers – The senior officer of our training teams at Fort Riley.

Jon “Doc” Sullivan – Team Four’s medic and a dear friend.

PFC Torino – An infantry soldier who served on Team Four.

CPT Walter – The Logistics Officer and mentor for the Ghazni Provincial Team. A lone member of the Michigan National Guard deployed with us.

COL Wilde – The ARSIC-E commander. COL Longfellow replaced him.

PFC Wilford – An infantry soldier who served on Team One.

SFC Whitney – A member of my training team at Fort Riley.

Chaplain Yates – The 27th Brigade Combat Team, NY Army National Guard unit Chaplain.

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3. Afghans

CPT Abdullah – The Ghazni ANA Kandak (aka Battalion) Intelligence Officer.

Bashi Habib – A Hazara warlord and Ghazni province politician.

Disiwal – The sub-governor of Andar district.

Ehsan – An interpreter shared by all teams, but mainly used by Team One.

CPT Faiz Mohammed – A commander of the Deh Yak ANP – one of our favorite Afghan allies.

Farid – Team Two’s interpreter and a dear friend.

Habib – An interpreter shared by all teams, but mainly used by Team One.

Haji Fasil – The sub-governor of Deh Yak district and Governor Usmani’s right hand man.

Jamshid – Team Three’s interpreter.

Janis – My interpreter and a dear friend.

GEN Khan – The original Ghazni ANP Police Chief. He was replaced by COL Zaman.

Latif – A Provincial Team interpreter.

Maiwand – Team Four’s interpreter

COL Nasser – The Ghazni ANA Kandak (aka Battalion) Commander.

COL Patang – The Andar ANP Chief following their completion of FDD training in the late summer of 2008 – one of our favorite Afghan allies.

Safi – An Afghan Army soldier who trained with us at Fort Riley.

Siddiq – An intelligence officer of the Afghan National Directorate for Security (NDS) and a dear friend.

Stinky – An interpreter shared by all teams, but mainly used by Team One.

MAJ Torelli – A cousin of Governor Usmani who attempted to take over and ruin the Deh Yak ANP.

Governor Usman Usmani – The Governor of Ghazni Province.

COL Zaman – Originally GEN Khan’s Executive Officer, he replaced GEN Khan as the Ghazni ANP Police Chief.

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