Author(s)MAJ Joey Bedoya
KeywordsOperation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Iraq War, 2003-
172nd Stryker Brigade
1-25th Stryker Brigade
Sons of Iraq
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AbstractMAJ Joey Bedoya served as a transportation officer, assistant operations officer (S3), and company commander with the 172nd Stryker Brigade in Mosul and Baghdad, Iraq during 2005 and 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In this May 2010 interview, MAJ Bedoya discusses the challenges of keeping morale up and boredom down in the Groundhog Day environment of his second deployment, particularly after his unit was extended, his role in the first Iraqi national elections, and the changes he observed in his three deployments over five years. MAJ Bedoya concludes his interview with the observation, "I was able to see the process of the government wanting to build up. I was able to see them actually go through the election process on my second deployment. On my third deployment I was able to see the transition from US led, to US and Iraqi combined, to eventually an Iraqi led operation. It was kind of nice to see the transition and the growth they had done."