|I have made a presentation to Mrs. Rowden's CMS current events classes and also attended another to cover in person. I did not attend this presentation to her class (by Army Major Jason Junkens) but am instead reporting from the perspective of 3 students from each of two different classes. I was to interview the students but needed only to ask a few questions as they provided a wealth of information. Hopefully my delay of a week to transform my notes from their interview(s) into the story below will not impact their grade in any way negatively. -- Ted Wright (11/7/2013)|
Jason Junkens Visit To the Collinsville Middle School Current Events
It was best to grow a beard and if they were honored to meet you they would rub your beard. They were training the Afghan soilders but would often adapt to use many of their own techniques in certain situations. They often drove civilian vehicles (mostly Toyotas) and wore civilian clothes. Rank was not always observed by the soilders being trained.
There were few hospitals. Many of the "modern' building from the Russian occupation had been destroyed. Women had to ride in the trunks of vehicles. The weather was similar to Arizona but less rain. Many people would live in tents but have a modern cell phone. Major Junkens was glad he went and would never trade the experience. He brought photos of "everything" to show the CMS students at his recent presentation.
|Additional Ted Note: In hind sight, I wish I had asked a few more questions, but I feel the students provided a pretty good description of what was presented. I also neglected to get names for two of the students, but the others were Carrington, Reece, Kendra and Preston. Mrs. Rowden did add that Junkens worked with the ROTC at NSU. If anyone thinks I've left out something important or made an error ... let me know. -- email@example.com|