Was at peace and u.s. military troops focused on keeping it that way.
(andy:) but post 9/11 life is much different-- and service men and women are always being called on.
Let's bring in kamr local 4's meredith avery to explain what that means for our active military.
(meredith:) andy, jackie... the war in afghanistan started shortly after 9/11... and is the longest running war in u.s. history.
In 2001-- the u.s. and it's allies invaded afghanistan.
The goal was to remove the al-queda strong hold over the afghanistan government.
U.s. troops helped train the afghanistan people to fight for themselves.
In 20-11, navy seals killed osama bin laden.
By may 20-12, nato planned their exit strategy... but more than 13 thousand troops remain in afghanistan today...a majority of those-- are u.s. troops.
Hometown hero hector flores just got home from a 10-month deployment to afghanistan... this is his story.
(meredith avery reporting:) until hector flores turned 18-- amarillo was all he knew.
That's why he joined the military.
The world is much bigger outside of town so i wanted to see what it was all about.
That was 17 years ago... since then, flores has traveled the world.
I was in turkey for about 4 years.
Met my wife there, had a kid there.
During his travels across the globe, the air force sergeant says he considers himself an ambassador for the u.s. 363g266602.mp4 03:46:55;14 with america being the youngest and the most strongest and the most powerful country in the world we have a lot of influence in other countries.
That's something he says he kept on his mind during his two deployments.
My first deployment was to kyrgyzstan that was to draw down the base and get us all out of there and hand it over to other branches of the military flores just returned from a 10 month deployment in afghanistan.
So what i do, i am more the military police in the af, so it is security forces, so our job in afghanistan was to protect all the contractors and the advisors and their mission there is to train and assist and advise the afghan military on how to fight their own war.
America's war afghanistan is the country's longest running conflict... and things are just as dangerous now as they were 16 years ago.
Anything can kill you out there whether it is somebody parked on the side of the road or somebody that wants to drive a vehicle into your convoy or someone that wants to just shake your hand and go.
You always have to keep your head on a swivel is what we call it.
But flores likes making new friends-- so he relies on his instincts.
There will always be this vibe that something is kind of off.
Eventually, he was able to let his guard down and submerse himself i the culture.
They always have a lot of questions.
Questions regarding like marraige.
Like 'you're married' and i was like yeah 'so how many girlfriends do you have?'
I was like no i don't.
I was like 'are you married?'
'yeah' how many do you have?
'3' i was like 'wow that is ok?'
And he goes of course it is.
I was like 'huh didn't know' it's lessons like this one...he is sharing now with his family.... in hopes one day they'll go on their own adventures-- maybe even through the military.
(meredith:) flores spent 10 years in active duty and the last 7 in the reserves.
He should retire in 20-20 after 20 years of service... but flores says he might stay in longer... if he feels like his country still needs him.
Live in studio, meredith avery, kamr local 4 news.
(andy:) the story is part of a series we are doing ahead of veterans day on saturday.
(jackie:) there will be a parade at nine a-m.
It starts at 11th and polk and goes to 5th and harrison.
For more information on other events going on... go to my high plains dot com.
(jackie:) you've heard their stories... a world war ii veteran and just now, an afghanistan veteran.
(andy:) while they fought decades apart... and their experiences are totally different, so tomorrow tonight, we will hear from both of them, join us tomorrow night at 10 here on kamr local 4 news.