Where are you stationed?
Within the Baghdad city limits.

How long have you been stationed in iraq?
A couple of months now.

Where are you originally from?
Good old Indianapolis Indiana.

Most of indiana is influenced by Christianity, how does it feel to be in a country that is influence by another religion?
Huh? I didn’t know the christianity part haha 🙂 but to answer your question its really not different to me. The citizens we see and meet love us and ask us for different things like food water and soccer balls, really all smiles and friendliness, so its not to bad really.

Have you ran into any civilians who are not happy with the military presence, and if so, how do you deal with them?
I personally have not, I’ve only been out a few times and every time its been a pleasant experience we have protocols with those who respond negatively though.

Over here whenever we see anything to do with Islam often the worlds fundamentalist or extremist are used in conjunction with Islam. Islam claims to be a religion of peace. Being in a Muslim country do you feel that they are peaceful or more fundamentalist/extremist?
I’m not sure honestly, I don’t find out the religious views of any of the people I meet here. The language barrier makes it kind of hard to communicate but everyone i have met have been friendly and peaceful.

Some people say there’s no such thing as a just war. How does your unit feel about the iraqi invasion and occupancy?
It would depend on what time frame being deployed here now we are ready to come home we don’t do anything but supervision for their police and army to make sure they can hold on their own but also this wasn’t any conventional war.

You say it would depend on the time frame you asked that question. What are the different time frames? Incursion, Securing Iraq, and Occupation?
Those would be the different types of warfare. I think that it varies with each sometimes the initial invasion is unjust, with securing is neutral, and occupation is just. Take now for example we have occupied, our job now is not to destroy in any form but to rebuild, and improve we have built numerous water treatment facilities, waste management, power generators that make life easier, and the countries citizens much happier.

Where you saying that’s how it is with this war?
Mostly for any war in what I’ve seen and read initial invasions there are no rules, a lot of innocents get killed securing is focused on just us entrenching ourselves and occupation is the rebuilding part.

What advice would you give a person who is about to join a branch of the military right now?
Hmm, that could be a long list actually haha. I guess make sure its something you can dedicate yourself to the military is time consuming especially on a deployment, you are gone from home a lot so it can be extremely tough if you aren’t dedicated to it.

If you could a different military branch which would you choose and why?
I think i would choose the army again, I’m good at my job here.

If you can go back again and choose whether to go back and enlist would you?
The air force was my original plan but they kind of fell through, and the army was always open.

Why the Airforce?
To be a pilot, but with any branch you can almost choose any job you want. I’m not sure if I would re-enlist or not, i enlisted at 17 haha. It would depend on if i had a girl or not i guess.

What would you send from the states to a friend of your’s serving in Iraq that you know he/she would definitely appreciate?
Hmm, it would depend on what that person likes everyone is different someone might like one thing, and hate another, and that be the complete opposite from the next. In general things here now are pretty just like back home we have internet, running water, everything I guess any form of entertainment now books, magazines, and such.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences and is there anything that I may have missed that you’d care to share with my readers?
Haha, I’m not sure at all haha first interview myself feel free to ask more when you want to.

Thank you again for your time.

This was a rather impromptu interview if you guys have any questions you’d like to ask our soldier friend I’ll forward them to him.