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Welcome to The Sandbox, a forum for service members who have served or are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, returned vets, spouses and caregivers. The Sandbox's focus is not on policy and partisanship (go to our Blowback page for that), but on the unclassified details of deployment -- the everyday, the extraordinary, the wonderful, the messed-up, the absurd. All correspondence is read, and as much as possible is posted, lightly edited. If you know someone who is deployed who might have something to say, please tell them about us. To submit a post click here.


May 22, 2007

Name: 1SG Troy Steward
Posting date: 5/22/07
Returned from: Afghanistan
Hometown: Amherst, NY
Milblog url:

I have finally put the finishing touches on my Blackhawk flying video. Most of the footage is from my last helicopter flight in Afghanistan, flying from Gardez to Kabul. This video provides a snapshot into the variety of landscape in Afghanistan. You will see open and barren desert, mountain peaks, and lush green farmland -- the most I had ever seen in this country over the last year. That was the one thing most of us talked about; how much green we saw while on the flight. I promised this video a while ago, but with the trip home I was delayed in getting it finished and posted. I added the Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle." I hope you enjoy it.


1SG Steward,
Great video and song choice. Thankyou for sharing and welcome home. Thankyou for your service!!

FanTAStic! Thank you so much for posting this - it really is amazing, when you think about it. Video from Afghanistan, taken by a soldier. The Powers That Be are going to be hard-pressed to ever put that genie back in the bottle.

Thank you for everything that you've already given and for all that you continue to do. Welcome Home.

I enjoyed your video very much, kind of like a huey - just bigger. good job 1st
Sgt steward, and I am glad you are ok
and a marine corps welcome home.

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