Serving

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I was deployed to Iraq in March 2003, as a Civil Affairs Officer, along with my Reserve unit. Previously, I’d been an Infantry Officer in the National Guard for most of my career. I protected New York from Vermont, which is to say that I was never deployed during that 17 years. Sure, I was […]

Incident in Block 16

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It was a very small hamlet just outside the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). Just after the invasion of Iraq in early 2003, my Civil Affairs unit was responsible for assisting in rebuilding the infrastructure in the areas just outside the airport. This village was included.   When my troops first made contact with […]

A Case of Mistaken Nationality

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A Case of Mistaken Nationality   While we were in Iraq, our Civil Affairs teams relied heavily on our Iraqi interpreters. They were invaluable, not just for translating while we interacted with the local population, but for awareness of cultural issues, and for help buying supplies off the local economy. They were our eyes, ears, […]

Green Marbles 2 Go

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   This whole thing started out as a misunderstanding. Kind of like a car accident. A really bad car accident. My brother-in-law, Andy, was telling my mother about a movie he’d watched recently. In that film, a green marble is placed in the casket of a young girl, to accompany her into the afterlife. Maybe, […]