Matt Farwell

by Matt Farwell

Over the weekend we learned that someone, somewhere, decided that Basetrack’s journalists would have to go. So after we posted up the letter, we scratched our heads and wondered why. Actually, we’re still wondering, especially since we received this note from the Marine Corps public affairs office in Afghanistan: Teru, Good chatting with you.  As [...] more »

by Matt Farwell

Basetrack is following the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 1-8, for their tour in Musa Qala, Helmand, one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous and strategically important locations. The goal is to tell a small fragment of their story in real time, as it unfolds. We aim to create a connection between the Marine strapping on his helmet [...] more »

by Matt Farwell

ser·en·dip·i·ty [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] -noun 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for. 2007 I’m sweating despite the snow on the ground. I’m at the wheel of my humvee, silently begging the platoon leader on my right to stop the banter that gets [...] more »