Dan Nwaelele Rumors

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As Brent Briggeman illustrated for the Colorado Springs Gazette, the 2007 Air Force Academy graduate wasn’t leading combat patrols. Rather, he spent his time as something of a bean counter, orchestrating the purchase and audit of goods purchased locally to supplement his unit’s supplies. But it still came in the middle of a combat zone. “You’ve got to think about surviving,” he said, “obviously just being alert all the time.” Nwaele, who completed the rest of his five-year service commitment in Saudia Arabia, went into more details about his time in Afghanistan in a profile by the Santa Cruz Patch, recollecting attacks on his post. “There’s nothing like a mortar flying over your head,” he said, “and there’s nothing like feeling the blast wave of that mortar landing a couple hundred yards away. I’ve never felt anything like that in my life.”