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US Senator serves military duty in Afghanistan

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

KABUL, Afghanistan – The men around Lindsey Graham ignored his powerful political title — U.S. senator — and instead addressed him by rank — colonel.

Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and the only U.S. senator in the military’s Guard or Reserves, donned the Air Force’s camouflaged uniform for five days last week to serve in Kabul.

The senator enrolled in the ROTC in 1973 and has been in the Air Force Guard or Reserves as a military lawyer ever since. In Kabul, he worked with the staff of military lawyers at the U.S. base Camp Eggers. The office is helping to train military judges and defense lawyers, and to write Afghanistan‘s uniform code of military justice.

Graham said his experiences in the military taught him how difficult wartime deployments can be on families.

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December 14, 2008 Posted by | Military | , , , , | Leave a comment