HOURS OF TRAVEL. AND COUNTING.
Upon reflection, I realized that even though it's MUCH faster to get to Afghanistan going WEST from Alaska, we still had to go EAST. Why? I'm guessing that the lack of airspace provided to the US from Russia/China has something to do with it. Maybe not, I dunno. What I dunno is that I've flown around something like three-fourths of the world to get here, stopping in a few countries I didn't know existed. But I'm still not at my final destination. Now I've got to get a flight/convoy to my unit.
Wherever they are.