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11/18 cartoon: Mike Luckovich on airport security

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Special Lunch with Luckovich

I just  spent four days in Afghanistan last week with other cartoonists on a USO-sponsored trip. Join me from 12:30-2 p.m. today to discuss my trip and to ask  questions.

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‘Command coins’ from Afghanistan

AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich joined a USO Tour last week to visit our troops in the Persian Gulf with other renowned cartoonists, including Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues and Jeff Keane of Family Circus. Check out their work and Mike’s in the links below:

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“Command coins” are a military tradition and part of the greeting ritual among officers, soldiers and visitors. They are often engraved with a unit’s insignia and given for a job well done, usually by an officer to a soldier. The officer giving the coin places it in his palm and then shakes a soldier’s hand, leaving the coin in the soldier’s palm. During my visit, I received a number of coins this way. Here are some:

Larry Cooke: At the Kandahar Air Base, I presented a banner to the troops signed by Atlantans. The head of the USO Center at the base, Larry Cooke, shook hands with me and put this coin in my palm.

Larry Cooke: At the Kandahar Air Base, I presented a banner to the troops signed by Atlantans. …

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Mike Luckovich cartoons from Aghanistan

AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich joined a USO Tour last week to visit our troops in the Persian Gulf with other renowned cartoonists, including Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues and Jeff Keane of Family Circus. Check out their work and Mike’s in the links below:

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Veterans Day from Aghanistan | Tomb of the Forgotten cartoon | Sketches from Aghanistan | ‘Command Coins’ | Photos from Aghanistan | Exclusive toons for those on tour

On our first evening at the base, we were eating at a family-style restaurant filled with soldiers when a siren went off. Everyone, including the cartoonists, dove for cover under the tables. A sensor had detected a rocket. After a couple of minutes, everyone got back up.

On our first evening at the base, we were eating at a family-style restaurant filled with soldiers when a siren went off. Everyone, including the cartoonists, dove for cover under the tables. A sensor had detected a rocket. After a couple of minutes, everyone got back up.

This was an enlisted man I drew one morning. At each of the bases we visited, they lined up to have their pictures drawn. Above each drawing I’d write, “Thank you for your service.” But words seemed inadequate.

This was an enlisted man I drew one morning. At each of the bases we visited, they lined up to have their pictures drawn. Above each drawing I’d write, “Thank you for your service.” But words seemed inadequate.

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On the third morning near our barracks at the Kandahar Air Base, the American flag was at half-staff. An officer told me that meant a U.S. soldier had been killed. By afternoon, the flag was raised again.

On the third morning near our …

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11/17 cartoon: Mike Luckovich on ‘don’t ask’

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Photos: Four days in Afghanistan
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Photos: Luckovich visits troops in Afghanistan

AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich joined a USO Tour last week to visit our troops in the Persian Gulf with other renowned cartoonists, including Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues and Jeff  Keane of Family Circus. Check out their work and Mike’s in the links below:

Related content:
Veterans Day from Aghanistan | Tomb of the Forgotten cartoon | Sketches from Aghanistan | ‘Command Coins’ | Photos from Aghanistan | Exclusive toons for those on tour

Veterans Day from Aghanistan | Tomb of the Forgotten cartoon | Sketches from Aghanistan | ‘Command Coins’ | Photos from Aghanistan

Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman and I posed with soldiers from the Nathan Smith Forward Operating Base, about a half hour by helicopter from Kandahar. Trudeau wanted to hold a weapon, but the USO would only let him have a fly swatter. (Photos courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman and I posed with soldiers from the Nathan Smith Forward Operating Base, about a half hour by helicopter from Kandahar. Trudeau wanted to hold a weapon, but the USO would only let him have a fly swatter. (Photos courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

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This was the bomb shelter we were told to use in case we were attacked. We ended up using it as a drawing board. On …

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11/16 cartoon: Mike Luckovich on Afghanistan

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Mike Luckovich, the AJC’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, took his sketch pad to Afghanistan last week along with other noted cartoonists. In Kandahar, Mike drew the cartoon above after looking at a map of Afghanistan in the boarding area of the airport. “I was thinking about how Afghanistan was hardly mentioned before the elections and how Americans don’t seem focused on the war.”
Photos: Four days in Afghanistan

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Veterans Day visit reminds U.S. troops ‘America won’t ever forget’

AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich joined a USO Tour last week to visit our troops in the Persian Gulf with other renowned cartoonists, including Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues and Jeff  Keane of Family Circus. Check out their work and Mike’s in the links below:

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Veterans Day from Aghanistan | Tomb of the Forgotten cartoon | Sketches from Aghanistan | ‘Command Coins’ | Photos from Aghanistan | Exclusive toons for those on tour

Mike Luckovich joined syndicated cartoonists on a morale-building USO Tour for Veteran's Day. He delivered three banners signed by Georgians who wanted to show support.

Mike Luckovich (center) joined other cartoonists on a USO Tour for Veteran's Day. He delivered three banners to different U.S. bases signed by Georgians who wanted to show support.

First stop: Ramstein Air Force Base outside Frankfurt, Germany. The American wounded here are fresh off the battlefield.

Ryan from New Orleans, a 20-something unit commander, suffered multiple shrapnel wounds in his thigh and leg when a suicide bomber blew himself up nearby; two of Ryan’s troops were killed in the blast.

The three …

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11/7 cartoon: Mike Luckovich on compromise


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11/5 cartoon: Mike Luckovich on political promises

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