If you ever get an invitation to visit the citizen-soldiers of the National Guard at work, take it. I am leaving Pristina, Kosovo after three days with the professionals of the 40rth Infantry Division’s mission to this very young country, and thanks to the efforts of Major Alana Schwermer, SFC Paul Wade and Specialist Rich Stowell, I’ll have plenty to write about over the next few days. Thanks as well to Lt.Col.Kurt A. Schlichter who got the the idea planted and nurtured it until the timing worked out.
This is a military mission that makes very little news because it is done so extraordinarily well. The great news is that success is being achieved in Kosovo. The not-so-good-news is that the incredible efforts and success of the American military here is not widely recognized or understood.