Navy veteran. traveler. Journalist.

Tim Patterson is a 2002 graduate of the Naval Academy. He served aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS Philadelphia, survived a collision at sea in the Persian Gulf, and mentored police in Afghanistan. Then he spent two years riding a motorcycle from Alaska to Argentina. In 2015 Tim earned a masters in journalism from Columbia University. He reports for the Naples Daily News. 
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THINKING BRAINLESSLY WITH THEIR SPINAL CORDS

On September 12th, the sun rose again, I went back to class. And we returned to our routines. It was a sort of mental non sequitur.

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MY AFGHAN FRIEND COULD BE MURDERED SOON

He quietly departed his village alone and traveled to Kabul, where he began sleeping on the floor of a friend’s apartment. Without a job, he couldn’t afford to bring his wife and daughter with him, so they remained with Zabi’s father, who swore to protect them.

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THE AFGHAN GIRLS I COULDN'T SAVE

The reality, I think, is that I made no difference at all. They were never going to understand American-style policing. As long as the Afghans thought it was OK to treat women like property, like killing a woman was equivalent to killing a goat, then they were never going to understand higher-level concepts like voting, or free speech, or feminism. 

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