Helmets on, doors locked: Embedded in Afghanistan

Helmets on, doors locked: Embedded in Afghanistan
Cali Bagby and Dan Morrison embedded with the Marines in Helmand province, Afghanistan, for KVAL News.

EUGENE, Ore. - Dan Morrison and Cali Bagby embedded with the Marines in Afghanistan as multimedia journalists for KVAL.com in August 2010.

Morrison, a University of Oregon School of Journalism instructor, and Bagby, a graduate of the SOJC, will share stories about their project on Monday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Harrington Room of the Jaqua Center at the corner of Franklin and Agate on the UO campus.

They take their program to Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center at the University of Oregon in Portland, 70 NW Couch St.

Oct 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM PST
"Everyone make sure their helmets and seatbelts are on," says Cpt Ryan Bumgardner, 29, of Hood River, Ore., "and the doors are locked.”
Oct 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM PST
The Marines from the 2nd Platoon of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion based out of Springfield, Ore., miss their wives, girlfriends, parents - and Duck and Beaver football games.
Oct 18, 2010 at 2:24 PM PST
Conversations start with phrases like, "if we get blown up" and "if we receive indirect fire." This is life for Oregon Marines in the war zone of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Oct 11, 2010 at 4:25 PM PST
Marines in Afghanistan looking for a tribal elder run into plenty of uncooperative locals - and then shooting begins.
Oct 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM PST
What do Oregonians in Afghanistan want to say to the folks back home? They miss family, friends - and football.
Oct 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM PST
30 days work in 20 days | An engineering battalion based out of Springfield, Ore.,  is building sand barriers, guard posts - even TV stands - in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Oct 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM PST
“I’m not here to attack you, I’m here to help you," LCpl Gil Frazier says. "I’m not going to come here and shoot your compound up or nothing, but I’m not going to stand for you letting Taliban come in your compound and shoot at us."
Oct 1, 2010 at 4:04 PM PST
As the Marines approach a large, dry ditch, enemy forces open fire. “Are you ready? Go, go,” the squad leader calls, and the firefight is on.
Sep 28, 2010 at 8:00 AM PST
As important figures from the community cut the red ribbon, men and children lay down bricks tied with bows. It’s hard to remember: this is a combat zone.

Sep 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM PST
Matiullah Saidshah barely flinched as the corpsman pressed against the red skin searching for tenderness amidst his still fresh wound.
Sep 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM PST
Voters, election workers and even U.S. Marines faced attacks from the Taliban on Election Day. Here is a firsthand account of voting in the most dangerous place in Afghanistan.
Sep 17, 2010 at 4:17 PM PST
The Marine in front of me walks with his head up, lugging a huge backpack and a hefty M4. This is LCpl Daniel Halek’s second patrol since he was shot in the right arm on Aug. 12, 2010.
Sep 13, 2010 at 12:06 PM PST
First Sgt. Jeff Craig calls out the names of the Marines in Golf Company, and one by one they answer. But when he calls out for Sgt. Jason Calo, there is no response. He calls out another name - LCpl Nathaniel Schultz - and there is more silence.
Sep 11, 2010 at 8:10 AM PST
Governor Abdul Motalib has come to meet the people. It was Tip O’Neil who said that all politics are local, and that holds just as true in Afghanistan now as it did in Boston then.
Sep 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM PST
You could hear the dull thump of the explosion as the charge, buried probably no more than a foot or so under soft sand, erupted into an enormous geyser of black and white smoke mixed with the light brown dirt and sand.
Sep 8, 2010 at 5:32 PM PST
Embedded reporters in Afghanistan spoke with the Marines from the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, a Marine Reserve unit based in Eugene, Ore.
Sep 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM PST
Something explodes through the air, followed by rounds of gunfire. In the 5 a.m. darkness, in the dizziness of my mind, half awake and half asleep, I wonder, what should I grab first: my camera or my armored vest?
Sep 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM PST
Cultural sensitivity poses challenges for Marines in Afghanistan - challenges that some Afghans exploit to smuggle drugs or weapons. That is where the Female Engagement Team comes in.
Aug 25, 2010 at 6:00 AM PST
To say that the Explosive Ordance Disposal team at Combat Outpost Turbett in Afghanistan is busy is a gross understatement: They are on call at all times.
Aug 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM PST
The mission at the civilian forward aid station is to treat the local residents in Afghanistan. In just a little over month the station has cared for 700 locals.
Aug 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM PST
It is an odd feeling to travel with men who not only know they are walking into an ambush, but who actually want it to happen.
Aug 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM PST
Welcome to Combat Outpost Turbett in southern Afghanistan: It is very hot, very dusty, abd here is really nothing to do except go out on patrol and get shot at. Every day. For months and months.
Aug 18, 2010 at 6:00 AM PST
Most people would run the other way when under fire, but the Marines push forward through open spaces and ditches full of stinking, dark water that reaches their knees.
Aug 17, 2010 at 12:36 PM PST
Before leaving the wire, troops are reminded to respect the religious fasting from sunrise to sunset, observed by the locals during this time.
Aug 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM PST
Two embedded journalists are bringing the war in Afghanistan to your screen. Take a look into their lives and what they've been up to since arriving in Helmand Province, north of the Pakistani border.
Aug 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM PST
The presence of children swimming in the canal and running along side the Marines seem to indicate relative safety, but reports of firefights and ambushes are relatively common in this area.
Aug 13, 2010 at 8:00 AM PST
Before departing you may hear this phrase, “Marjah? No way I’d want to go down there.” Imagine: Marines there face heavy enemy fire, have only rustic facilities - and long for a scoop of ice cream.