Oh for sure, Steve. I was actually injured when our FOB got attacked and a 107mm rocket took me out as opposed to catching a bullet while out in the field. By the end of our tour the cooks on base (yes, we actually had 2 Army cooks back in ’03 because our outpost was so remote) had seen combat. We teased that our cooks had seen more action than 3/4 of Kandahar even though they never left base due to the repeatedly shelling and pot shots at the base. Still, the big bases like Bagram and the Green Zone—even Ramadi while I was there—didn’t experience that which accounts for why only 10% of vets actually see combat. Hence the Combat Action Ribbon in the Marines/Navy and the Combat Action Badge/CIB for the Army.

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