CAMP GARMSER, Afghanistan — When Marine Maj. Chris Bourbeau walked alone into an Afghan base last spring, he left behind his helmet, bulletproof jacket and rifle. Given the deadly insider attacks that had rocked U.S.-Afghan relations, he was putting his trust — and his life — in the hands of the Afghan troops he was training.
“I tell people who are visiting: ‘Take that stuff off. Your first line of defense is your rapport, not your gear,’” Bourbeau said.
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