Having left our home duty station on February 26, 2004, my combat engineer unit in the Iowa Army National Guard spent a week and a half at Camp Dodge, Iowa, enduring physical training and endlessly reviewing common soldier tasks such as treating casualties and calling in reports. We worked from 0600-2200 every day.
But ten years ago today, March 9, 2004, our task force loaded busses to conduct movement to Fort Hood, Texas. There we would participate in months of training for our time in the war in Afghanistan. I would not return to my native Iowa for many months, and then not until after the most difficult phase of my time in the war. I would not return home quite the same as I was when I left.
Even now, ten years later, there is not a day that passes during which I do not think about some aspect of my time in the war in Afghanistan.
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