My blog Army of Mine is about my current experiences as a deployed public affairs noncommissioned officer in Iraq.
I arrived in the Iraqi theater in October of this year with my unit from the Arizona Army National Guard.
Prior to that I served just under six years as an active duty photojournalist from 2000-05, to include a 13-month tour in Sinai Egypt with the Multi-National Force and Observers. Afterward, I became a civilian print/ web journalist for two years before joining the Guard.
The title Army of Mine came to me while searching for the blog name “armyofme,” the name of a cartoon I used to do while on active duty (If you are interested, see http://www.fuzzyknob.com and click the link on the right to Army of Me). It was a play on the recruiting slogan “Army of One”. To make a long story short, Army of Me was taken, so there you go.
The intent of my blog is to offer insight to my experiences to, in and departing Iraq. Although my entries may be cynical at times about my experiences with the military, I wouldn’t be a member of the U.S. Army if I didn’t feel that it has something to offer the world. At the end of the day we don’t pick the wars, we fight them (Isn’t it worse to be a complacent citizen?). I also hope to show some lightness to what it means to be a soldier today.
Something else to consider: I will comment on real people in my entries, and I might give them pseudonyms to protect them, as well as myself from them.
In addition, since I am currently deployed, I will respect operational security and will not knowingly give specifics of future operations or show imagery that I know to be sensitive. This could mean the lives of those who are meant to protect me. And, of course, the opinions on this page are my own.