Charlie 2-1 Bravo

Memoir of a Drunken Paratrooper in Afghanistan


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About the Book

In 2012, Specialist Summerfield and the 2-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment were deployed to the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. A Special Forces dropout, Summerfield was given a second chance at leadership as the head of an infantry team in one of the most IED-ridden areas in Afghanistan. With zero training and little intel, his squad navigated IED belts, leadership conflict and enemy ambushes. This book provides a thought-provoking and often humorous account of life on the front in a frontless war, all from the perspective of a low-ranking enlisted soldier.

About the Author(s)

E.E. Summerfield spent part of 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Afghanistan conducting both combat operations and personal security details. He has a bachelor’s in military leadership and a master’s in homeland security and emergency management. He lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

E.E. Summerfield
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8217-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4031-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Terms 5
Battalion Structure 7
1. Black Outs and Black Ops 9
2. With No Training and Little Intel 19
3. Snap-Backs and Taliban? 28
4. Farming for Taliban 42
5. IEDs for Sale or Trade 51
6. Kotizi 56
7. Unexpected Company 70
8. Jelly Legs 75
9. Seek and Defecate 82
10. Gundi Ghar 87
11. Gundi Ghar, Day Two 96
12. Chapman 115
13. The Return to Gundi Ghar 119
14. Back to the Grind 129
15. Deegan Cole 133
16. The Complexities of My Emotions 139
17. To Check or Not to Check 148
18. Ice Cream and Lattes 155
19. But Nobody Died, Right? 158
20. Night on the Big Town 162
21. Superheroes with Drinking Problems 169
22. Now Let’s Never Do That Again 181
23. Bargaining for Your Future 185
Index 193