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 A soldier's story
August 27th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Hurry up and wait

As part of an ongoing series “A Soldiers Story,” CNN's Jason Carroll follows Sgt. Randy Shorter and his unit as they head into Afghanistan.

"Hurry up and wait." It's an expression you hear a lot in the Army. Now I know why. We had hoped to arrive in Sharam, Afghanistan, a few days ago, but we are still waiting. Currently, we're bunking at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. FULL POST

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August 23rd, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Final hours before deployment

As part of an ongoing series “A Soldiers Story,” CNN's Jason Carroll follows Sgt. Randy Shorter and his unit as they head into Afghanistan.  

It's hard describe how thankful I am to Sgt. Randy Shorter and his family for allowing us into their home the day before his deployment. (More: Soldier heads to third deployment)

Any soldier's family who has gone through this will tell you every minute is precious and we clearly saw that when we visited Shorter at Fort Campbell. FULL POST

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August 19th, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Soldier heads to third deployment in Afghanistan

The last combat troops may be pulling out of Iraq, but more soldiers are heading to the other war in Afghanistan.     

The clock is ticking to stabilize Afghanistan so U.S. troops can meet the president's goal of withdrawing next July.         

The success of that mission belongs to units like the one U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shorter is part of.  They are combat infantry, part of the final surge deploying to the region.         

As part of my ongoing series “A Soldiers Story,” we'll be following Shorter and his unit as they head into arguably one of the most dangerous parts of the country: Paktika province in southeast Afghanistan, heavy with insurgent attacks.          FULL POST

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