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    Posted February 12, 2013 by
    Pocatello, Idaho
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    The war through your eyes: Iraq 10 years on

    My Iraq Deployment


    Hello my name is Miguel Dominic and I served with the Idaho Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq from Nov 2004 to Nov 2005. I received the Combat Action Badge and Purple Heart while deployed in Iraq (the Purple Heart was due to being hit by an IED) During my deployment I took over 9,000+ photos of our units deployment from our training leading up to Iraq and while deployed in Iraq and our demob process (https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Guard-OIF-III-Photos/331999830240221?ref=hl) that link is where I posted most of my photos on facebook. The photo I included is a photo of me and than Governor Dirk Kempthorne when he came to visit the Idaho Troops in Iraq. The second photo is where I was the soldier that held the microphone for Spec Wilson when he asked that question about the hillbilly  armor to Donald Rumsfield.The third photo is me on the stretcher after our convoy had been hit by an IED and I was being life flighted out. The last photo is me with my kids on the day I received my Purple Heart in Pocatello Idaho. Our total time gone from home was about 1 year and 6 months. Six months spent training leading up to the deployment. I was part of the Guard unit that deployed there and spent my deployment as a gunner on the rear humvee. We called ourselves the Raider PLT and we conducted numerous Patrols each day outside the wire. Our deployment was somewhat different compared to the active army in the sense it seemed we were behind the active duty units on the type of equipment we got. My most memorable event of the deployment is when I got hit by the IED and thank God that I lived through it and was able to come home to my 3 kids. My emotions are mixed about it since I also was one of the soldiers that ended up coming home to a divorce also. I was proud to serve my country and proud to serve with the National Guard. We were out everyday and it was great to see the effect we had on some of the locals especially the kids it always reminded me of my kids and what we take for granted here. If you look on my facebook page you will see all the rest of the photos from our deployment.

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