Tom Bowman

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From Front-Line Soldier To Trainer, An Afghan Odyssey

Thursday, July 04, 2013

This report is part of "Those Who Serve," an occasional series that looks at those who wear the military uniform during a time of war.

It's early afternoon at a small outpost in eastern Afghanistan, and U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Cunningham, with the 10th Mountain Division, heads into a long, ...


Friction Among Afghans A Threat To Post-U.S. Mission

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Afghan farmer in Panjwai District, outside the southern city of Kandahar, is finally fed up with the Taliban.

His name is Abdullah Razik. He's slight, with a trim beard and a dark green shirt that falls below his knees.

The Taliban plant roadside bombs in his fields, he says, ...


As U.S. Troops Draw Down, Can Afghans Take The Lead?

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

There's just a sliver of light in the eastern sky as the patrol leaves the American compound through a thick metal door.

They scamper across Highway 2, a narrow asphalt road that leads to Kabul, just an hour's drive away — if not for the war. They cross an old ...


As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals

Thursday, May 30, 2013

As the American military winds down its efforts in Afghanistan, grand plans for nation building are giving way to limited, practical steps: building up the Afghan forces and denying the Taliban key terrain, especially the approaches to Kabul.

About an hour south of the capital Kabul, one Green Beret team ...


Service Members Observe Memorial Day Through Sweat And Tears

Monday, May 27, 2013

At Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Michael Johnson exercises under a long, steel framework set on a wooden platform. It looks like a giant jungle gym. Above his head are pull-up bars and rings. A climbing rope is off to one side.

It's here where he and ...


From Battlefield To Boston: Marine Comforts Bombing Survivors

Friday, May 03, 2013

Editor's note: In a story earlier this week, we met Celeste Corcoran, one of nearly two dozen people who lost limbs in the April 15 Boston bombing. Corcoran told NPR's Richard Knox that a hospital visit from two Marines who lost legs in Afghanistan had given her hope. "After ...


U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A suspected drug kingpin from the tiny West African nation of Guinea-Bissau was captured on the high seas by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency earlier this month, brought to Manhattan and is now awaiting trial.

The dramatic sting operation sheds light on what officials say is a growing ...


Afghans Want U.S. To Clarify Troop Level Post 2014

Friday, April 05, 2013


With Eye On Budget, Hagel Seeks Pentagon Changes

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in his first major policy speech, laid out Wednesday how to deal with threats in an era of tight defense budgets.

Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to take a hard look at how many soldiers and sailors it needs and what types of weapons it ...


As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

Monday, March 25, 2013

When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace.

But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and ...