As the Afghan Police patrol approached Kabul airport a litter of young puppies scattered to avoid the oncoming patrol.
Except for one.
One puppy bounded up to the surprised Afghans but before they could kick him away he was scooped up by their mentor, former US soldier turned contractor, now tasked with providing training for the Afghan police.
The contractor knew that this pup had a purpose. And as he returned from the patrol to their living quarters carrying the innocent pup with him he arrived to find the off duty personnel were watching the film ‘Marley and Me’.
The pup now had a name and he provided a welcome respite from the turmoil and frustration of working and living in Afghanistan.
Marley was reunited with his owner on 16 Nov 2011 as part of Operation American Reunite