Book: Combat Support by Terry Cropfcategories: Book, Memoir, Iraq, Combat Support, Combat, War, Family, Army, National Guard, 144th, Utah, Military
Terry Cropfabout this book: When preparing to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 I was prepared to keep a journal detailing the events that my fellow soldiers and I experienced. I intended all along to write a book about the experience and explore the different personalities that collectively made up my unit, the 144th Area Support Medical Company, part of the Utah Army National Guard. I held fast to maintaining my journal, but unfortunately my initial idea of focusing on the entire company would not come to fruition due to our company being broken into several teams and spread out through various locations in Iraq. I was able to chronicle the events that my team and I experienced while providing medical support for coalition forces and civilians assigned to, or passing through, Convoy Support Center Scania during my year long deployment. This included an extensive humanitarian effort to support local nationals with moderate to severe burns. It was a mission not originally assigned to us, but one we accepted with as much passion and pride as our original mission to provide medical support for all service members we encountered throughout our deployment. We returned with honor knowing we went above and beyond what was asked of us during the yearlong deployment to a combat zone.
Upon returning home my journal sat stagnant and all but forgotten on the hard drive of my laptop computer. It wasn't until pursuing and completing my educational goals as a physician assistant that I realized that I needed to write a memoir revolving around my journal to also chronicle the struggles of my return to a country and family I loved, but of which both seemed so foreign. So I included selected entries from my journal and reflection on those days as I re-lived the experiences in the present day while completing my book. This story is a open and honest reflection on what is so common among returning service members, and my story concludes with what I know to be the true burden of sacrifice during these long years of constant conflict that have become all too familiar to our military, their families, and our nation as a whole.
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