Each night before he went to sleep in his cot in Afghanistan, Asheville resident Dustin Degman set out three sets of clothing: one for surgery, another for a normal day on the base and a third for incoming mortar fire. Degman, who works as a certified nurse anesthetist at Asheville Anesthesia Associates, returned from his tour of duty on Feb. 14. He sat down with Xpress to talk about those differences and share his experiences about what it was like providing care abroad during a time of war.
While patrolling in Iraq in 2007, former active-duty Marine Conor Curran came to question what he was doing and why he was there, when an Iraqi civilian served him tea. Curran will be one of several participants in an April 9 open discussion at the Diana Wortham Theatre — Truth to Power: A Permanent State of War (the program starts at 8 p.m.). Xpress editorial intern Forrest McDonald spoke to Curran and one of the keynote speakers, investigative journalist Gareth Porter, earlier this week. Here are a few of their remarks.
The Washington Post's highly-touted Top Secret America investigation, chronicling the explosion of secret government projects, includes a handy map feature that reveals classified government work at four Asheville locations, all within the federal office complex on Patton Avenue.
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