KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pvt. Kevin Patterson, 21, of Carson City was craving his grandmother's "famous tacos."
He also was happy to be alive.
"Every night when you go to bed and you're in one piece, you think 'Thank God, I'm still here,'" Patterson said. "And when you finish and when you're on your way home like this, you think 'It's amazing. I made it through.'"
Patterson and several dozen other U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were preparing to leave Afghanistan.
It was nearly 2 a.m. …