A successful fast is worth celebrating. And, even if we didn’t directly participate, we should be grateful for those who did.
I’ve been on three deployments to predominantly Islamic countries. I was a part of the Army’s initial invasion into Iraq. I did a second deployment to Iraq ending in 2006. I’ve also served in Afghanistan.
My interaction with the cultures in Iraq was limited. It was mostly confined to observations while driving and interactions at whatever local bazaar was set up nearby.
In Afghanistan I served as part of a team of advisors to an Afghan Army Unit. It was a stressful deployment. It had its rewards. Working as closely as we did it also taught me a lot about other cultures. These memories are a part of who I am.
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