NATC-A Nine // 27 April 2011 // Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul from above

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus, William Ernest Henley

To our fallen: Lt. Col. Frank D. “Bruiser” Bryant // Maj. Jeffrey O. “Oz” Ausborn // Maj. Raymond Estelle II // Maj. David L. “Klepto” Brodeur // Maj. Philip D. Ambard // Maj. Charles A. Ransom // Capt. Nathan J. Nylander // Master Sgt. Tara Jacobs Brown // Mr. James “Jimmy Mac” McLaughlin

“We bid you goodbye but we will never forget you.
For those who knew you well and loved you,
the pain will be deep and enduring.”
-Lt. Col. Mark Reents, NATO Air Training Command Afghanistan adviser

Welcome home, warriors.

If you do use my video, all that I ask is that you provide attribution and to leave it in its original form. Thank you.

One year anniversary post here.

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4 thoughts on “NATC-A Nine // 27 April 2011 // Kabul, Afghanistan

  1. I was an Air Advisor w/the 438 AEW and there on 27 April 2011, when 9 of my friends and fellow Air Advisors were massacred, by an Afghan AF colonel, in the worst attack on the US Air Force in all of OEF and OIF combined. I mourn them every day, but it is Memorial Day that the nation mourns them and all those that throughout our nation’s history have made the ultimate sacrifice. The NATC-A 9 always remember in life for their selfless service to our great nation. Never forgotten in death for making the ultimate sacrifice. Shino you have so honored our NATC-A 9 w/your beautiful, compelling, and inspiring tribute. I should only speak for myself, but thank you from all the men and women that were there that fateful day and did not get to accompany our fallen heroes home.

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  2. I reprioritized my life the day these 9 Americans, fellow NATC-A family, USAF comrades gave their lives that fateful day. Every success I have, every life milestone I achieve … will all be done with a piece going to their memory. Forever in my thoughts, forever in my perspective …

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