War

Feelings mixed, but vet says it’s past time to end Afghan war

Drew James was watching ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that shocking Tuesday morning. He was a 21-year-old soldier based at Fort Drum in northern New York. He switched channels in time to see the second plane crash into the World Trade Center. Black smoke rose from the North Tower that had already been hit.

Now 41, he said he knew right then, “OK, I’m going somewhere.”

James, who lives near Snohomish in the Machias area, soon learned at a briefing that Afghanistan would be that place. It was the first time he’d heard of Osama Bin Laden, architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“We couldn’t even tell our families we were going,” James said. He was single at the time. Today, he’s a father of three who’s been married 15 years, and a past commander of VFW Post 7511 in Monroe.

Army veteran Drew James, a past commander of VFW Post 7511 in Monroe, was among the first U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan in 2001. (Contributed photo)

Army veteran Drew James, a past commander of VFW Post 7511

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Following ‘SportsCenter’ Appearance, Moreira Predicts One FC 3 War with Enomoto in Singapore



Prior to his recent appearance on ESPN “SportsCenter Asia,”
lightweight Zorobabel
Moreira was understandably a little on edge.

The first mixed martial artist to ever appear on the program, the
Brazil native spoke briefly with anchor Steve
Dawson about his upcoming bout with Felipe
Enomoto at One
Fighting Championship 3.

“I was very nervous before I went on ESPN ‘SportsCenter,’ because
they told me they had never had an MMA fighter before, and my
English is not so good,” Moreira told Sherdog.com of his on-air
experience. “It is very crazy in Singapore right now because
everyone is talking about One Fighting Championship, and there are
posters of me and everyone wants to know about my fight. When I
first came here, most people did not know what MMA [was], but now
everyone has heard about One FC and has seen it on TV.”

Moreira and Enomoto will headline Saturday’s event,

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