Shrapnel hits Dempsey's plane at Afghan base
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrives in Afghanistan on the C-17 that was hit by shrapnel from two rockets.
August 21st, 2012
10:23 AM ET

Shrapnel hits Dempsey's plane at Afghan base

By Barbara Starr

Shrapnel from rocket fire Tuesday damaged the plane that had carried the top U.S. military officer to Afghanistan, officials said.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in his room at the time of the incident and was "not in any danger," said his spokesman, Col. David Lapan.

Dempsey arrived in Afghanistan on Monday for meetings with coalition and Afghan leaders, including Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO forces, and Afghan Army Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, Dempsey's counterpart in the country.

The C-17 was parked at Bagram Air Field, outside Kabul, overnight when it was hit by shrapnel from two rockets, Lapan said. Two base maintenance personnel were slightly injured, he said.

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  1. LB

    I'm sorry that Gen. Dempsey could have been hurt and I'm glad he wasn't. My daughter is there and those two airmen that were "slightly injured" is a lie. Those airmen were more than slightly injured and I think we should be covering the well being of those airmen. If you call a traumatic brain injury "slightly injured" then there is a problem. Gen. Dempsey wasn't hurt, nor was he in danger....move on...cover the others that are unknown to the world. These are the men and women that deserve to have a voice.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  2. William Latta

    He's a big boy and I am sure he knows what it is like to get shot at. If not, he just got a small object lesson re what his people go through all the time. Leadership only takes place from the front and that is where you have those exciting moments.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • j.w. gacy

      I'll bet, that when he heard the sound of shell fragments hitting his plane, he was so excited that he blew his load in his Star-Spangled-Shorts like the red meat eatin', All-American-Hawk that he is.

      *sigh*

      August 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply

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