READ IT: Trump Confirms He Was Shot in First Statement Since Assassination Attempt
FBI Identifies Trump's Would-Be Assassin
CBS News Reporter Said Doing This Is 'Unpatriotic' Following Trump's Assassination Attempt
If True, DHS Secretary Mayorkas Must Answer This Question After Trump's Assassination Atte...
Video Reportedly Shows Dead Shooter on Rooftop Following Assassination Attempt
The Latest: Authorities Hold First Press Conference on Attempted Trump Assassination
Joe Biden’s Hospice Presidency
A Quick Bible Study Vol. 225: Psalm Summer - Part 2
Please, Please, Please, We Must All Tone Things Down
Are We Making Progress?
Climate Surcharges: Coming Soon to an Airport Near You?
The United States Has Become an Irresponsible, Debt-Addicted Nation
Drug Discount Program Big Pharma Hates Is Vital to Older, Rural Americans
Flashback: J6 Chairman Bennie Thomspon Proposed Revoking Donald Trump's Secret Service Pro...
Flashback: Tucker Carlson Said We Were 'Speeding Towards' an Attack on Trump's Life

Back to Iraq Journal Entry # 2 - Ben Hayden

Written on 8/7/08

Although this is my first trip to the Green Zone, I am impressed by the safety features and comforts that they have here. During my first deployment in 2004, the only liquid we had available to us was water. Now, I see the troops enjoying soft drinks with their meals. I know that during my last deployment to Iraq in 2006, we didn’t have many of these amenities due to the operational tempo. Though now, I almost feel like I’m in Des Moines rather than the middle of a war zone.[# More #]


My deployments to Iraq never brought me to Baghdad, though I still notice a lot of differences between now and then. It used to be common place to receive motor fire and rocket attacks on a daily basis on some camps, yet now these same camps have swimming pools. Also, the U.S. military ran the check points, the security inside the camp and the security escorts. Now, these jobs have been taken over by the Iraqi Army.

I am eager to move out to the areas that I once patrolled so that I can see the changes in those areas as well.


Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos