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GMC president speaks on injured grads, war

Two graduates of Georgia Military College were wounded in an attack in Afghanistan earlier this week.

Georgia Military College President William Caldwell is speaking out about that attack where a two-star General Harold Greene was killed.

"You just pray and hope that it never actually has to happen and unfortunately this week it did," he said.

The retired Army Lieutenant General has seen the consequences of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan before.

He says it never gets easier and it can be especially tough when the victims include two GMC graduates.

"I just remember what super cadets they were when they were here," Patrick Beer. "They were in our cadet chain of command, in our core of cadets and when they were over there serving they were aids to camp which is a position given to rising superstars."

Jeremy Haynes and Ibrahim Tantawi were injured Tuesday in an attack that killed U.S. two star General Harold Greene.

The attack happened when an insurgent wearing an Afghan military uniform, opened fire on troops at an training base.

"You know what occurred unfortunately they've been dealing with for several years," Caldwell said.

Caldwell once held the same position as Greene in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011.

He says the strategy of insurgents disguising themselves as U-S allies isn't new.

"The insurgent elements found that this was a kind of way to create a divide between the Afghan army and the military the NATO military forces," Caldwell said.

He says preventing that remains crucial in an ever-changing war zone.

"Each time it occurs we tend to get a little more vigilant we figure out more the means, the methods by which they were able to infiltrate somebody in," he said.


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