Tag Archives: Jacob Boyer

Jake’s OIF War Journal 22: The Only Good Iraqi (Bat) is a Dead Iraqi (Bat)

I’ve almost hit the end of my war journal, but I realize there were about three months that I didn’t write a thing about in it, so I’ve decided that some of those stories should be shared. Some are funny, … Continue reading

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What I Think About on Memorial Day

Eleven years ago, I was a specialist who had been in the Army just barely more than six months. After finishing basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and journalist training at Fort Meade, Md., I reported to Fort Benning, Ga., … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 21: Blowed Up

So at this point in the journal I skipped about three months. That’s how exciting it was. There were good days and bad, but Tom Nacey and I spent a lot of time driving and flying around the country doing … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 20: Abu Ghraib

So obviously (I hope), this post is not about abusing prisoners in a jail in the titled town. This is more another mission, when Scott Molina and I went with 1st Battalion, 39th Air Defense Artillery Regiment into the now-infamous … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 19: The Ghosts of Jihad Future?

This is a weird one, mostly in far hindsight. The really kinetic, armor-on-armor phase of the war was pretty much over, but there were still missions that looked like they were the last bits. This was one of them. We … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 18: A Moment for the Fallen

Fortunately, this post was long before Groundhog Day Syndrome had settled in, but it was a sad couple of days nevertheless. With everything becoming more and more static at Baghdad International Airport, 3rd Aviation Brigade stopped and had a proper … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 17: The War is Over!

Wow, and everyone said George W. Bush called it too early. I think I was just being hopeful. I wrote this three days after Saddam’s statue came down in Firdos Square and I had been at Baghdad International Airport for … Continue reading

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