Minnesotans in Afghanistan: Living, Working, Being Missed…Sarah Carlson

The Minnesota National Guard sent 22 Minnesota Soldiers to Afghanistan.  This isn’t a splashy headline.  In recent years the Minnesota National Guard has sent troops to Iraq and Kuwait numbering in the thousands.  It is easy to lose sight of the 22 Minnesotans currently living in places like Shah Joy, Qalat and Tarnak Wal Jaldak.

The numbers are small, the places are foreign.  However, for the family and friends of these 22 soldiers the size of the Unit makes no difference, the location of the deployment makes no difference.

Whether it is one, one hundred, one thousand, or twenty-two the simple fact is Brian, Ken, Cheryl, Dan, Jenna, Sarah, Mommy, Daddy, Grandpa and Auntie are gone.  They are away from home.  They are missing birthdays and holidays.  They are missing Wednesdays.

Right now Kevin, Brian and Eric are living, working, and serving in unfamiliar towns and villages in Afghanistan; however, they call cities I saw on this morning’s weather map home.  They are from Morris, Bloomington and White Bear Lake.  They are all from Minnesota.

Over the course of the next few posts I’ll introduce you to a handful of the Soldiers making up the Agribusiness Development Team in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

Sarah Carlson is a Mom. In the short time I spent with her I could tell she misses her daughter tremendously. She was talking about some fancy new kicks she had just bought for her from Amazon.

In addition to the sit-down interview I conducted with Sarah I asked some not-quite-ready-for-Prime-Time questions.

BEST MOVIE SHE’S SEEN WHILE DEPLOYED – Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star
WORST MOVIE SHE’S SEEN WHILE DEPLOYED – (tie) The Hunger Games, Horrible Bosses
BEST BOOK SHE’S READ WHILE DEPLOYED – Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

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