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“I Guess We’re Veterans Now…”

On Veterans Day 2004, my men and I sat around looking at each other in Mosul, a week earlier having been blown-up wounding six, having been in Iraq for about a month and a half, and said – well, I … Continue reading

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The Kid By The Red Door (or, “I’m No Angel”)

Everybody had a moment when they lose their cool. Everybody. I probably lost it a few times, but I have been thinking recently about one time. This was in Tal’Afar. We were on a route sweep / screening mission of … Continue reading

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Humanity; Humility

In the fall of 2007 we conducted a large cordon and search of a Sunni slum where a lot of sectarian violence had occurred in the early days before the Surge. School-house Road (pictured, which I have written about) used … Continue reading

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Facing Fear

There comes a point in everybody’s life when they are faced with a fear – and a decision of what to do about it. We’re all afraid of something. I want to share another brief journal entry with you about … Continue reading

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Sniper-Check (Part II)

Continuation from Sniper Check, Part I The entire place was weird for us.  We were not used to anything like this whatsoever.  We started wearing our PT  uniforms and tennis shoes around [I had to dig those out of duffle … Continue reading

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Sniper-Check (Part I)

In mid-August 2005 we were in the throes of conducting counterinsurgency operations in Rawah, all the while continuing to scrape out more room on the combat outpost we were operating at, called COP Rawah (Duh) that I have written about … Continue reading

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Repetition

Left-right-left-right We went as we learned the Basic soldiering skills Customs and courtesies drilled Into our heads always; Repetition ‘Fall-in’ shouted about ten Times a day as the workweek went, From motorpool Monday’s to Sergeant’s- Time on Friday, months turning … Continue reading

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Coalition Airstrikes In Tal’Afar Kill Deash “Administrative Emir”

Well it looks like Tal’Afar is making noteworthy news again, but at least this time it is for something good. Looks like Abu Bakr  al-Turkmani , an “administrative emir” was the intended target. Sounds like fancy-talk for admin-bitch. [From the … Continue reading

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“I Think This Place is Crazy”

I have been thinking a lot about night patrols recently. I think it’s because as I work on not only this blog but my next book, I have been pouring through all of the photographs and videos I have from … Continue reading

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When to shoot; When not to

The decision to pull the trigger once aim is taken is often slightly labored, but is and must be made with the quickness. There have been media stories on violence and atrocities committed by U.S. forces in Iraq mostly – … Continue reading

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