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Faces Of The Troops
I've sometimes asked soldiers if I could blog thoughts or experiences they e-mail me about, and most decline. This great guy, however, wrote me about something he read in my column in Stars and Stripes, and sent me pictures which he allowed me to post. Here's his e-mail, with photos in between:

Of course you can post the pictures. I'm not sure which ones I sent, so here's four with descriptions. The HELO (Helicopter) pic is of us (the 386th Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility - CASF) training to load and unload patients from helicopters. We are at an "undisclosed location" in Southwest Asia. That's what they allow me to say.
The picture of me with Gary Sinise was taken when he came to visit our facility. He does a lot for the troops. He was a great guy and his website ( keeps people informed of what they do for us.
I am MSgt (Master Sergeant) Anthony Kazlouski, the Non-commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) of the 386th CASF. I'm deployed from Wright-Patterson AFB, OHIO. I'm originally from Philadelphia, PA.
The Med Group pic is of our entire medical group here in SW Asia.
The Top Three pic is of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) Top Three group (we are the top three enlisted grades).
I can't thank you enough for the e-mails and you being interested in the pics. And a thank you for the "adorable" complement, I've been smiling all day. Like I said, I'd be glad to send more pics and fill you in on what us Air Force medical folks are doing here if you'd like. I can't wait to check out your site when I get back to the states!!!!!


Posted by aalkon at September 28, 2007 9:29 AM


Thanks for posting these pictures, and the commentary from your pen pal. I hope he sends more. And I agree. He's adorable all right.

Posted by: Patrick at September 29, 2007 1:56 AM

Thanks, Patrick...and he is!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at September 29, 2007 3:06 AM

What a gracious man, and what a wonderful job he's doing for the country. I'm sure your personal emails meant the world to him, and he'll treasure them for a long time.
People are so grateful for a kind word and just to be noticed sometimes. I'm going to up my efforts to do this.

Posted by: Donna B. at September 30, 2007 12:23 PM

From what he wrote, it didn't seem as though he could access your column from Iraq.

Posted by: opit at September 30, 2007 2:53 PM

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