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'True patriot' presses on

A retiring guardsman is honored as the "next phase" of life begins

By Michael Tsai

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2013

~~<p>It was supposed to have been a day of celebration, a mark of incremental progress in the United States' ongoing effort to train Afghan forces to resist extremist elements in their own country.</p>
<p>Sgt. 1st Class Takumi Abe, a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard on deployment in Af&shy;ghani&shy;stan with a NATO contingent, was attending a graduation ceremony for Afghan National Army members that December day two years ago. Standing to the side of the stage, he was among the first to feel the sheer violent force of the improvised explosive device that had been planted just 15 feet away at the dais.</p>
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It was supposed to have been a day of celebration, a mark of incremental progress in the United States' ongoing effort to train Afghan forces to resist extremist elements in their own country.

Sgt. 1st Class Takumi Abe, a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard on deployment in Af­ghani­stan with a NATO contingent, was attending a graduation ceremony for Afghan National Army members that December day two years ago. Standing to the side of the stage, he was among the first to feel the sheer violent force of the improvised explosive device that had been planted just 15 feet away at the dais. Login for more...



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