My time in Iraq was spent on the streets of Tikrit and helping the other members of my detachment, 21 brave men and women who delivered the messages and supported the operations of the Companies and Battalion and Brigade we were assigned too. As a Tactical PsyOp Company our mission was to be a force multiplier and to win the hearts and minds of the local nationals.
I prepared myself for this deployment with a digital camera that was mine and not one given to me by the Army as was the case when I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002-2003. I stashed it in a pouch on my vest and when time and circumstances permitted I would make images as I could.
Our job was to go face to face with the locals and this was a very dangerous proposition at best. While we could get information to the leaders, many times we would be surrounded by small crowds of people who wanted to hear what was going on and to give their opinions about the lack of water, sewer services, electricity, fuel, food and jobs. Many of our security personnel did not like to go out with us as we were in the thick of things.
This book documents my time in Iraq from 2006 to 2007 when things were active in country. There were many soldiers lost in the units we supported and every time we left the wire every mission was fraught with danger. While you may think of the possibility of not returning that day, you push it to the back of your mind and focus on what needs to be done now. Live in the moment, do your job, and watch your buddies back. A simple code to live by.