It's becoming increasingly difficult to find enough superlatives to describe the quality of Michael Yon's reports. He really is the yardstick when folks are talking about "war reporters". What more can I say?
I think not. If you follow Michael's reports through Iraq and the Stan you will know he is a freelancer who has no other support from outside agency's. His money is from donations and what he makes if he gets its published and some of his photo's he sells.
In one of his audio reports talking to Ward someoneorother he posted a week or say back he said that he was embedded with 2 RIFLES for a couple more weeks, and was then moving onto the US Marines (I think based in Garmsir, but i could be wrong. Certainly in Southern Afghanistan). The link to it was posted on this board by Bravo_Bravo
In all, about fourteen types of aircraft fly topcover, including American, Belgian, British, Dutch and French. JTACs here say the least desirable aircraft of those fourteen are the French M2000D. A package of two jets carries no cannon, no downlink and a total of only 4 GBU 12s. The optics aboard the aircraft are not good, and the trail aircraft spots targets with binoculars like the Red Baron.
Whether Michael Yon is freelance or not is irrelevant . His reporting and photography is absolutely outstanding and he deserves all the financial and moral support we can give to him .
As a newcomer to this forum I had not seen his reporting contributions before. They provide a graphic and moving insight as to what our forces are trying to achieve in Afghanistan , and which has mostly been ignored by our collective national media 'services' ; as a former career soldier I salute their collective bravery , fortitude and endurance .