Sometimes hearing the truth is worse than being lied to.
If eating well is so good for you, why does it have to be so effing expensive?
The following is something that I wrote towards the end of my deployment in Iraq. I think that it is revelant today, not only in Iraq, but also in some ways in America as well. I often think we take voting for granted in America. I think that voting is something worth protecting, and yes I feel that way even if I don’t agree with your political leanings. Anyways, I am going to get off of my soapbox and let you read the story.
The Importance of Elections By SGT Robert S Brimer
During my time in Iraq, I was the medic for roughly a dozen Combat Logistics Patrols. Of those missions, only one stands out in my mind as my proudest moment: The Iraqi Elections support mission.
On the 20th of February 2010, I was assigned as one of two medics on the mission to bring “T-Wall” and “Jersey” barriers to a warehouse district. This warehouse area was designated as a location to store ballots once all the voting centers had been closed and voting had been completed. The mission took place during the day, which was rather bold considering the intent of our mission. We had to move the barriers from our location on FOB Falcon to the warehouse district. While riding in the back of the vehicle, I could sense that all eyes were on us. As we rolled through the outskirts of Baghdad proper, we noticed campaign posters posted all over the place. Because they were not written in any language we could understand, we tried to guess what sort of promises the candidates were making to the people of Iraq. We even spotted recruiting posters for the Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army, and Iraqi Federal Police.
The mood on the convoy was tense because everyone was certain that if any convoy was ever going to be attacked outright, ours would be the one. All of the soldiers kept their heads on a swivel and called out anything that was suspicious in nature, which highlights the professionalism of everyone on that convoy. I don’t think there was a soldier out there that day that would’ve accepted the mission failing for any reason.
Once we arrived at the warehouse district, it took a bit of time to get things sorted out. Our time on the ground was much longer than expected. The Iraqis were unloading the barriers and setting them in place where they wanted them to go; the true intent was to unload the barriers quickly so we could leave the area as fast as possible. The last barriers were finally unloaded very late in the evening. The outstanding self discipline of every soldier involved allowed us to return to FOB Falcon free of accidents or incidents of any kind.
The Iraqi people voted in March of 2010, despite threats of violence leading up to the elections. The fact that the voting took place is a testament to the Iraqi people, and their desire to have a say in the future of their country. I am glad to have been a part of that mission, which gave the people of Iraq a chance to shape their future.