- Posted February 5, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The war through your eyes: Iraq 10 years on
Leaving Iraq..For Good
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
I was deployed to Balad, Iraq in 2011. We were the last squadron deployed to Balad with the mission of handing back the base we have claimed since 2003 back over to the Iraqi military. In the process we trained Iraqi military so they were prepared to keep up their mission and defend themselves in the process. The closer we got to leaving for good the more bare and isolated it got. We had less and less each day. Equiptment, protection, personnel, communication, food, and even water due to our ROWPU getting shipped off. Obama announced we were leaving early. Nov. 6 I was on the second to last flight out of Balad, Iraq. Crazy to think i was one of the last ones there when you consider the hundreds of thousands of troops that went through that place. And unfortunately the some that never made it home. One of the roughest, but best experiences of my life.