Commonly asked questions about the deployment

These are some frequently asked questions:
Q: When do you go “over there”?
A: Sometime this spring. I’d suspect in the month of May.

Q: But, you’ve been “over there” before, why do you have to go again?
A: Because, the Army needs me to go. It’s just my time again. I’ve been fortunate to have good assignments since the last time I was there. Also, going to combat is ultimately why we have an Army.

Q: What type of living arrangements will you have?
A: Not sure yet. I imagine a trailer. Something like a FEMA trailer…probably sand colored.

Q: How long will you be there?
A: A year. The SecDef stopped the 15-month deployments on Aug. 1, 2008

Q: Can you keep in touch?
A: Part of my job is keeping in touch with media outlets in the states. Communication is one of the greatest differences between when I was there in ’03-’04 and 2009. I suspect I will have Internet access on my desk and a cell phone. Though I’m hearing the Internet is heavily firewalled. I plan on speaking with the guys who run http://www.taskforcemountain.com and seeing how they’re set up

Q: Are you scared?
A: Well, I have better armor and training this time and my role is a bit different. However, there’s always a bit of fear of the unknown. I won’t take unnecessary risks. I believe prayer helps.

Q: What will you do over there?
A: I’ll be responsible for the internal and external communications for a Brigade Combat Team. Public Relations and journalism. Blogging, media relations, spokesman, editing, photography, speechwriting. Also, I’ll be advising an Iraqi Army Division on public affairs–this should be challenging and interesting.

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3 Responses to Commonly asked questions about the deployment

  1. household 6 hooah says:

    I believe that every soldier going to Iraq gets the same questions. I’ve heard my husband answer the same questions over and over again.

    And from what you are going to be doing, it seems that you may be in the same place as my husband. He didn’t work with PA, but he did work with the Iraqi Army Division.

    Good luck and my prayers will be with you!

  2. Naj says:

    You are covered with prayers MBC, III. Will be looking for the blog link shortly…

  3. Gelly says:

    I have a special time slotted for prayers for you and my close military friends who ate *over there*. your role sounds exciting and right inline with your desires. I can’t wait to view your updates. you have such an objective way of communicating about the U.S. Army.

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