Great piece in the New Hampshire Union Leader
The observations come from Staff Sgt. Karl Hanson, a Manchester resident and U.S. Army Reservist with the Londonderry-based 1st Battalion, 304th Regiment, 98th Division, is now based in the Afghan capital of Kabul. A sales representative for the New Hampshire Lottery in civilian life, the 40-year-old Hanson is presently attached to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where his duties include force-protection and anti-terror operations.
"So while soldiers must still take precautions on the ground — body armor and weapons are required — Hanson also noted the warm reception he and others have received from the Afghan people. He estimates that 90 percent of Afghans are happy American troops are in country, while 5 percent are indifferent and 5 percent aren't happy with their presence. And after their recent presidential election, he said, local Afghans he worked with "were grinning from ear to ear."
City soldier sees Afghan army growing stronger
By BENJAMIN KEPPLE
Union Leader Staff