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What I Learned From a Wartime Christmas Eve

Nolan Peterson

Perhaps, in the end, war is as perennial as any holiday and always will be.

KYIV, Ukraine—The first time I ever saw a war, it was on Christmas Eve in 2009. At the time, I was a green Air Force special operations pilot on my first deployment to Afghanistan.
I had already been in country for a few weeks, flying mostly day missions. Easy stuff, like surveillance and reconnaissance sorties, which typically meant orbiting ad infinitum over a target while on autopilot.
I’d usually bring an energy drink in the boot pocket of my tan flight suit as a pick-me-up …read more

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