Milblogger reflects on attacks at Camp Salerno
About two weeks ago, Camp Salerno in Afghanistan was attacked twice in two days by Afghan militants.
Milblogger Rich Phillips, who spent some time at Salerno, says articles like the ones linked to above (BBC) are useful for the broader picture of what happened, but will not provide a close-up view:
“I know from experience that these stories are not complete, but that’s the nature of the business. The “fog of war” makes it impossible to know exactly what happened so soon after the attacks, if ever. When I was in Iraq and Afghanistan I would often read about incidents I had personally witnessed and wonder where they got their information! However, I’m sure these articles capture the big picture, even if they miss small details.”
In the same post, he also provides an interesting insight into US military policy on communications immediately after these sort of attacks take place:
“When something like this happens the Army limits communication from that specific area, if not the entire country. They do this for several reasons. Primarily, the bandwidth (on which all our phone calls and emails depend) is limited over there and what is available is needed to communicate official reports and orders and requirements to respond to and follow up on the incident. Also, if there are casualties, the Army wants to ensure families are notified of casualties (whether killed or injured) through official channels, not from a phone call from a well-meaning friend.”