U.S. Army Capt. Tyler Vest, center, speaks with an Afghan soldier while U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Noonan looks on as they finish a combined patrol clearing operation in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, April 30, 2012. Vest and Noonan are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod From M16s To Boots, Afghan Troops Feel Slighted — Seattle PI/AP GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — They say their M16s are dust-prone antiques. Their boots fall apart after a couple of months, they complain, and many of their helmets are cracked and patched. Yet they set out on patrol. They are the men of the Afghan National Army, the critical part of the huge machine being built to protect Afghanistan’s security after the NATO alliance is gone in less than three years. Read more …. My Comment: The Afghans have a point about the weapons …. and this is not the first time that I am reading about the poor quality of the footwear. As to both sides treating each other with disrespect …. I have also heard about that “issue” on more than one occasion …. but I say …. welcome to the Army.