Megan traveled to Afghanistan with the Secretary of Defense as part of the Pentagon press corps, and spent months embedded with the troops at far-flung combat outposts throughout Kandahar. Living conditions were austere at best, and being a woman among men presented its own challenges.
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Militia ties undercut security steps in Afghanistan
Army company listens to suicide bombing unfold over radio
(Blog) Gates' word of the week while visiting Afghanistan: impatient
Megan was in Al Anbar during one of the most volatile times of the war in 2006, shortly before the surge. She was one of the first reporters to recognize the importance of and write about the Awakening movement that brought insurgent fighters to the Coalition's side and turned the tide in the province.
Battling violence in the Heart of Darkness
Fire hazard puts Marine cold-weather gear on ice
Just days after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the small Caribbean island in 2010, Megan flew in with the 82nd Airborne. Sleeping on the ground at the main hospital in Port-au-Prince that first week, she was at the epicenter of the humanitarian aid effort. Megan also went into smaller villages with the Marines and spent time aboard the USNS Comfort hospital ship.
Major aftershock brings panicked evacuation at hospital
Trained for war troops find a different mission in Haiti
Victims stripped of their dignity in Haiti
Continued care hard to find for Haitians patients aboard USNS Comfort
Based in Okinawa, a small Japanese island dominated by the Marine Corps and the Air Force, Megan reported on the U.S. Military's ever-evolving presence in the Pacific.