"They won't look like diplomats, they'll say they are battle hardened soldiers and the bravado that goes with it, but they are really warrior diplomats. "
We went along as members of the Dagger Company visited a nearby village called Wadigarem in the Pech Walley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province, its bridge covered in bullet holes from a recent attack on the company. The soldiers enter cautiously, in a full defensive crouch, but after meeting with the elder, they accept his offer to walk them out across the open fields, a perfect example of the "risk-reward" decision the modern soldier has to make every day.
"Everything comes with a reward," says Christopher Capasso of the Alpha Company. "The big saying here is 'You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.'"