Afghanistan http://nwpr.org en Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly http://nwpr.org/post/would-be-day-celebration-bergdahl-s-hometown-passes-quietly <p>A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, canceled Saturday’s event after the city received threats. Our correspondent Jessica Robinson has attended previous annual events for Bergdahl during his captivity and has more from Hailey. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:21:08 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48277 at http://nwpr.org Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly Oregon National Guard Troops Set To Deploy For Afghanistan http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-national-guard-troops-set-deploy-afghanistan <p>Oregon National Guard members could be some of the last members of the U.S. Armed Forces to serve in Afghanistan. Three battalions are set to deploy later this summer to help wrap up the American mission in that country. The first group of Guard members will mobilize this Saturday .</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:25:29 +0000 Chris Lehman 46944 at http://nwpr.org Oregon National Guard Troops Set To Deploy For Afghanistan Sgt. Bergdahl's Hometown Rejoices At His Long-Awaited Release http://nwpr.org/post/sgt-bergdahls-hometown-rejoices-his-long-awaited-release The town of Hailey, Idaho, has waited five years to hear news of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return. In 2009, Bergdahl was captured and held by the Taliban — first in Afghanistan and later, it's believed, in Pakistan.<p>On Saturday, he was released in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees. Now Hailey, Bergdahl's hometown, is preparing for the next chapter.<p>On Sunday afternoon, Bob and Jani Bergdahl stood before rows of reporters in an auditorium at Gowen Field in Boise. They had spent the past five years both hoping for and dreading news out of Afghanistan — but finally, the news was good. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson & Jessica Robinson 46837 at http://nwpr.org Sgt. Bergdahl's Hometown Rejoices At His Long-Awaited Release How An Army Officer And Diplomat Wrote His Way Through Trauma http://nwpr.org/post/how-army-officer-and-diplomat-wrote-his-way-through-trauma In five wars over 10 years, Ron Capps shifted back and forth between being a U.S. Army officer and a State Department foreign service officer in some of the world's deadliest places.<p>In Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, he served as a senior military intelligence officer. In wartime Kosovo, Darfur and Rwanda, he worked as a diplomat out in the field, documenting violence and war. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:19:00 +0000 NPR Staff 45006 at http://nwpr.org How An Army Officer And Diplomat Wrote His Way Through Trauma Reminder From A Marine: Civilians And Veterans Share Ownership Of War http://nwpr.org/post/reminder-marine-civilians-and-veterans-share-ownership-war "Marines and soldiers don't issue themselves orders, they don't send themselves overseas," says former Marine Phil Klay. "United States citizens elect the leaders who send us overseas."<p>In his new collection, <em>Redeployment,</em> Klay, who served in Iraq, tells a dozen vivid stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspectives of the people who experienced it — combatants, civilians and children alike. Taken together, the stories give a grim — and occasionally funny — picture of war and what happens next to those who survive it. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 42451 at http://nwpr.org Reminder From A Marine: Civilians And Veterans Share Ownership Of War In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories http://nwpr.org/post/fire-and-forget-vets-turned-writers-tell-their-war-stories This Veterans Day,<em></em> considers these lines from the preface to <em>Fire And Forget,</em> a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:<p><blockquote><p>On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in dangerous and far-away places. On the other hand, there's nothing most of us would rather do than leave these wars behind. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:38:00 +0000 editor 37123 at http://nwpr.org In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories Tears, Vows To Remember As Permanent Memorial Unveiled At JBLM http://nwpr.org/post/tears-vows-remember-permanent-memorial-unveiled-jblm <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/101813AJ_MemorialDedication_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>As a decade of war winds down, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is adding to a memorial park for the fallen.<p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:33:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins 35951 at http://nwpr.org Tears, Vows To Remember As Permanent Memorial Unveiled At JBLM Spokane Native Receives Medal Of Honor http://nwpr.org/post/spokane-native-receives-medal-honor <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/082613AJ_Obama_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Spokane native Ty Carter has received the nation’s highest military decoration.&#160;<p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:10:03 +0000 Austin Jenkins 33175 at http://nwpr.org Spokane Native Receives Medal Of Honor Supporters Of POW Turn Billboards Into Call To Action http://nwpr.org/post/supporters-pow-turn-billboards-call-action <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/072613JR_BoweBillboards_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Supporters of a U.S. soldier being held by the Taliban are trying to keep his name front and center with the public.<p>Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been a prisoner of war for the last four years.<p>Keith Lasseigne motions to the roof of a building in downtown Spokane. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:17:05 +0000 Jessica Robinson 31613 at http://nwpr.org Supporters Of POW Turn Billboards Into Call To Action Idaho Town Awaits Deal With Taliban That Will Bring POW Home http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-town-awaits-deal-taliban-will-bring-pow-home <p>Four years. That's how long Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban. The soldier from Hailey, Idaho remains the lone American POW from the Afghan conflict. Now, Bergdahl's parents are calling on the U.S. to reach an agreement that will bring their son home. But as correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, any deal hangs precariously on peace talks involving the Taliban, and the weekend saw yet another setback.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:02:13 +0000 Jessica Robinson 29865 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Town Awaits Deal With Taliban That Will Bring POW Home