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By Jason Christopher Hartley

The Iraqi struggle is exclusive by means of anything new within the annals of armed clash: soldier bloggers. Jason Christopher Hartley used to be one of many first to write down a web publication and his web publication, simply one other Soldier, used to be one of many first to be written approximately (mentions in Time, the Wall road magazine and an AP story). Now in e-book shape, this can be one soldier's view of the war... from the floor up. Jason Christopher Hartley, born in Salt Lake urban, raised Mormon, joined the nationwide safeguard at age 17 and were a profession weekend soldier for thirteen years. Then in 2003 his unit used to be deployed to Iraq, the place he spent eleven months within the Sunni Triangle. instead of resent that his weekend carrier has all of sudden positioned him in harm's means, he is elated to be doing the genuine enterprise of soldiering. From K-rations to useless civilians to severe boredom punctuated by way of moments of utmost worry, simply one other Soldier takes the reader into the day by day event of the Iraqi battle. as well as placing a human face at the Iraqi soldier, simply one other Soldier places a human face at the nation of Iraq; its tradition and its humans.

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I felt like that guy who sprayed manure all over what he thought was the courthouse that had wronged him, only to find out that he had the wrong building. Just Another Soldier 45 December 24, 2003 I 4 RU D I BA K H T I A R It’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting on a JetBlue flight to Salt Lake City. CNN Headline News is on the little TV screen. I’ve had the biggest crush on Rudi Bakhtiar ever since I became a news junkie after 9/11. I was working at John F. Kennedy Airport for eight months, watching passengers get violated at the security checkpoints, and after work, in the wee hours in my crummy hotel room, I would watch Rudi intently as she told me about the day’s stories.

Bad team leader. And I have a few days off for Turkey Day. I’ve opted to forgo spending it with family, just so I can sleep in my own bed and get up when I’m good and goddamned ready, preferably after noon. I just want to read The New York Times, sip a latte at my favorite coffee shop in New Paltz, have an early dinner, drink some Jim Beam with my friends, get stupid, then pass out in my enormous bed, my only real possession in this world aside from my books and Jeff Buckley CDs. December 10, 2003 I had just finished packing to go back out to the field for a forty-eighthour operation that would integrate all the various skills we’d been working on—reacting to IEDs and ambushes, traveling in a convoy, cordoning off and searching buildings, performing CQB, setting up roadblocks .

I guess if I were in a film standing right next to Pacino, I’d review it a few times, too. The funny thing about Jose admiring himself in the movie is it 58 Jason Christopher Hartley seems to have been a real highlight of his life, something he says he loves showing his kids. But it’s the timing of this self-validation that I find interesting. It’s almost as if this is the most meaningful record of himself, something that makes permanent a more perfect version of who he is—younger, thinner, and better dressed, and all on celluloid (or in this case DVD).

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