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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:46 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

On March 26, 2003, I joined 953 other soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on a night-time combat parachute jump into Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq. The plan was to do exactly as we trained to do dozens of times before: jump out of the bird, hit the ground, and form a perimeter around the airfield. What we didn’t fully understand was that the drop zone we were jumping into was a huge mud pit.

The mud was so bad it took 15 hours to get the brigade assembled. That was about 15 times longer than we expected. Over the next year I would learn a lot about the men and women who serve in our military. We faced a complex combination of combat operations with civil-political engagement. We lost good friends and saw others horribly injured. But through it all the endurance, ingenuity, and professionalism of those I served with was inspiring. None of us returned home the same person that landed in the mud a year earlier.

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          • mooseberryinn posted at 10:42 pm on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2686

            Who paid for this political advertisement? Isn't that supposed to be included?