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Soldier tells wife of attacks at Kandahar air base

Posted May 23, 2010
Updated May 24, 2010

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— The Taliban have claimed responsibility for Saturday's assault on NATO's main military base in southern Afghanistan. No one was killed in the nighttime rocket and mortar attack, but a number of soldiers and civilians were wounded.

More than 20,000 people live and work at the Kandahar Air Base, including Army Staff Sgt. Leon Bunker. His wife and two daughters live near Cameron and keep tabs on the Fort-Bragg based soldier through Internet chats.

“Having that communication is just more than I can describe,” Melissa Bunker said Sunday.

Bunker said her husband has not been injured by the Taliban attacks but has come under fire recently. He even had to get off the Internet quickly last week due to a rocket assault.

“After about an hour, Leon came back to the computer and said, ‘Hey, I’m still OK, everything's fine. Just giving you a heads up to let you know that I’m OK,'" Melissa Bunker recalled. "That is the most comforting thing that anybody could ever give you."

The Saturday attack against Kandahar base was the second ground assault on a NATO installation this week.

Leon Bunker, who works as a combat engineer, is scheduled to return to the U.S. in a couple months.

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  • jlach59 May 25, 2010

    My husband is a contractor with ITT Systems at the Kandahar Air Base. He also called me about the attack, as I had not seen it on the news. I thank God that he is ok, he was at the "Boardwalk" when the first rocket hit about 100 yards in from where he was standing. My prayers to all the service men, women and civilian workers there!

  • Desiderata May 24, 2010

    AWW..But why is this in the news....this is like me telling everyone,.,,,,"Hey, with all the rain, my house has not flooded...COOL!"

  • Ladybug May 24, 2010

    The headline for this story is misleading. It gives you the impression that he has been injured and she awaits his return home.