I was over there for 16 months and I can say the only time we had any news media was at the on set when the planes were being loaded up. After that, the new could care less about the AF. All the embedded reporters were with the Army and Marines. There was a few interviews with my guys while with the Army and/or Marine units, but they never made it to air from what I was told. Most of the reporters could not figure out why an Airman was stationed with them. Several tried to explain that they were either Combat Controllers or TACP and explain what they did, but were blown off. As for keeping our uniforms clean, good luck, we were lucky if we changed to clean uniforms once a week.