There are days in Afghanistan when U.S. and Afghan forces are not in firefights with insurgents, neither are they sniffing out roadside bombs, or raiding weapons caches. Sometimes they're just dancing.
All I want for Christmas is a thick wedge of Junior's cheesecake. Dreaming of a cheesecake Christmas 6,751 miles away from home, I asked soldiers deployed to eastern Afghanistan what they wanted this holiday season.
There are so many civilians who deploy alongside us, who wear bulletproof vests, sometimes carry weapons and run for cover when the mortars hit, who may never be thanked for their service, simply because they don't wear the same uniform we do.