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Not just busted in Bagram: Also, you tactical types can get towed in Kandahar!

As a follow-up item to yesterday’s post about the blown-up captain getting a ticket in Bagram for not wearing a reflector belt, a congressional staffer passes along this photo he took at the big base at Kandahar air field in 2009.  Joseph Heller wrote in Catch-22 that it is the nature of military organizations that ...

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As a follow-up item to yesterday's post about the blown-up captain getting a ticket in Bagram for not wearing a reflector belt, a congressional staffer passes along this photo he took at the big base at Kandahar air field in 2009. 

Joseph Heller wrote in Catch-22 that it is the nature of military organizations that staffs established to support line units eventually begin thinking that the line units work for them -- and treating line soldiers like it.

As a follow-up item to yesterday’s post about the blown-up captain getting a ticket in Bagram for not wearing a reflector belt, a congressional staffer passes along this photo he took at the big base at Kandahar air field in 2009. 

Joseph Heller wrote in Catch-22 that it is the nature of military organizations that staffs established to support line units eventually begin thinking that the line units work for them — and treating line soldiers like it.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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