Welcome to the herd! Glad to have you join up with this outfit.
Your intro is an interesting read. You done good giving us a glimpse into your background. Nicely done.
You'll find that we are a friendly bunch, and all of us are dedicated to our right to arms as outlined in the Bill of Rights and the Colorado Constitution. And we are particularly strong on our open carry rights. We have that right now, and are working to make Constitutional carry a reality here, as it is in Arizona now. No need for a permit to carry concealed or open, and you're free to do whatever suits you! That's what we're trying to achieve in Colorado.
I believe you'll find the climate of Colorado much more comfortable than what you'd find in Afghanistan. I have a great friend over there and he just can't rave enough on how much he dislikes the place. From what I get from him, you ain't missing much aside from a paycheck!
Again, welcome to Colorado and to our friendly forum. Maybe one of these days, you'll take an opportunity to travel to our side of the rock pile for an open carry meet-up. We hold them from time to time in Colorado Springs, Aurora, and other accomodating jurisdictions that ain't Denverish.