1. The stakes were all too low suddenly. Whether I did the dishes or not didn’t seem to rise to the challenge of what I had done before. When nothing is important anymore, everything is important. Little things start to become too important and you start to become obsessive over the details. And that obsessive part of my brain that kept me alive in Iraq went into overdrive and it became the hindrance. It got in the way.

    — Brian Castner tells Terry Gross about transitioning to home life after three tours of duty in Iraq in which he disabled roadside IEDs.

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  1. It turns out that you put your blood type and your NKA (no known allergies) on my foot and you stick a dogtag in your laces because it’s the part of you that’s most likely to survive if you get blown up. We found feet a lot. If you’re going to find a part of the bomber or victim, you might find their head. It’s a better chance that you’re going to find their hands and feet.

    — Brian Castner, on why soldiers tie their ID and blood type around their feet instead of their hands, from 'The Life That Follows' Disarming IEDs in Iraq

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An IED detection dog handler with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment holds security with his dog Coot during a partnered patrol with the Afghan Border Police, which has established governance in the southern Garmsir district of Afghanistan through the mentorship of 3rd Bn/3rd MarReg Marines.

Today: Brian Castner, who led a team in Iraq that disabled IEDs.

    buckaroo-monroe:

    An IED detection dog handler with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment holds security with his dog Coot during a partnered patrol with the Afghan Border Police, which has established governance in the southern Garmsir district of Afghanistan through the mentorship of 3rd Bn/3rd MarReg Marines.

    Today: Brian Castner, who led a team in Iraq that disabled IEDs.

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