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Luck holds out for proud leader and his troops | Maine Sunday Telegram

BANGOR – Back in late June, as I awaited my helicopter ride out of a remote military encampment hard by Afghanistan’s rugged border with Pakistan, Maine Army National Guard Capt. Paul Bosse and I had what was for the time being a very off-the-record, very sobering conversation.

It was about the many dangers still facing the 148 members of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Mountain Infantry at Combat Outpost Dand wa Patan – right smack in the middle of a region where the Taliban and other insurgents can be here, there and everywhere yet simultaneously nowhere to be seen.

Less than halfway through its nine-month deployment, Bravo Company had yet to lose a single soldier. But summer was now upon them – and with it, a widely expected uptick in insurgent activity.

“Think your luck will hold out?” I asked Bosse.

“I hope so,” he replied. “But there’s no way I’d guarantee it.”

Thursday afternoon, as the last planeload of Bravo Company’s soldiers disappeared into a wave of wives, children and other well-wishers at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, I sat down with Bosse in a quiet side room and, first and foremost, congratulated the 37-year old company commander on getting every last one of his men home.

Click for the rest of the column by Bill Nemitz in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Troops still deploying to Mideast from BIA | Bangor Daily News

Troops still deploying to Mideast from BIA – Bangor Daily News.

Maine soldiers make Bangor stop before deployment | Bangor Daily News

Maine soldiers make Bangor stop before deployment – Bangor Daily News.

Maine soldiers honored for service | Bangor Daily News

Maine soldiers honored for service – Bangor Daily News.

Maine Congressional delegation sends off 1136th in crowded ceremony at UMaine | Bangor Daily News

Congressional delegation sends off 1136th in crowded ceremony at UMaine – Bangor Daily News.

More Maine Guard soldiers going to Afghanistan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

More Maine Guard soldiers going to Afghanistan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine troops likely to take on Taliban in the next month | Portland Press Herald

Maine troops likely to take on Taliban in the next month | Portland Press Herald.

Air Guard squadron returns – Bangor Daily News

(More units are returning from war. — KM)

 Air Guard squadron returns – Bangor Daily News.