one of my best friends from high school is over in afghanistan and we just got a call from a friend of the family that his unit is in some sort of situation over there and they are making an announcement to the family members in alaska (where they trained) tonight at 1 am (eastern time). if anyone has ever dealt with a situation like this, knows the protocol for something like this, or any other thoughts or ideas please post them up. what i have gathered so far (from talking to others who are in or were in the military) is that if he was dead or seriously injured, his family would already have been notified about this in person. also, someone mentioned something about como blackout and that could be what the situation is about. another very reliable source said that they don't do briefings like this to inform family about casualties, but it is probably about a tour extension or transfer to another region. if anyone wants to say any prayers or just keep him, his unit and their families in your thoughts i would greatly appreciate it. also, if anyone has any contacts, his unit information is as follows.. edit out unit info, if you have army contacts you could ask, pm me and i can provide it thanks for any info or thoughts.