By D. Anderson, civilian contractor This photo shows an abandoned mig from the first Gulf War. I was a helicopter electrician who had been laid off from a large civilian operator in the summer of ... more 
By D. Anderson, civilian contractor This photo shows an abandoned mig from the first Gulf War. I was a helicopter electrician who had been laid off from a large civilian operator in the summer of 2003. While looking for work, openings for civilians to go to Iraq and work on Army helicopters became available. The pay was good, but following the Army as a middle-aged civilian had its challenges. I spent the winter of 2004-05 in Al Asad with the U.S. Army, and it was rewarding in the sense that I saw some of America's finest young women and men sacrificing for their country. The living conditions were rough and the work was hard, but the idea that we were helping a people determine their own destiny was rewarding. I hope the history books say we made an attempt at freeing a country and giving them their freedom-- and that they haven't squandered it. less 
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