Dispatches

Plane flight and airport offer first glimpse of life in Afghanistan for Post-Dispatch reporter, photographer.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan • Never before had Pfc. Clinton Sargent enjoyed being punched in the chest so much by fellow soldiers.

SPC Patrick Feldmann, 23, of Washington, Mo., views Afghanistan from his route clearance vehicle called a "Buffalo." A member of the 1138th Engineer Company of the Missouri National Guard in southern Afghanistan, Feldmann spends hours driving through the countryside, but has no direct contac…

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