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What The 6 Killed In Afghanistan Tell Us About The Military Today

A U.S. Air Force carry team moves the transfer case of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride during a dignified transfer at the New Castle Air National Guard Base on December 23 in New Castle, Delaware. Staff Sgt. McBride was killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden motorcycle into a joint patrol with Afghan security forces outside of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A U.S. Air Force carry team moves the transfer case of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride during a dignified transfer at the New Castle Air National Guard Base on December 23 in New Castle, Delaware. Staff Sgt. McBride was killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden motorcycle into a joint patrol with Afghan security forces outside of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It’s been a week since six U.S. soldiers, all Air Force, were killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Their deaths are a tragic reminder that the war there is hardly over, even if the official NATO combat mission is. They also provide a snapshot of who’s serving, and dying, with the U.S. military overseas.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Andrew Tilghman, senior writer for the Military Times, about those who died, and what they tell us about the current makeup of the military.

Guest

  • Andrew Tilghman, senior writer for the Military Times. He tweets @andrewtilghman.

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