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Goodbye Iraq

As a former Iraqi Linguist, it feels odd not to have a sizable footprint in that country. We, in the military, have spent so much time centered on the region.

A sober reminder:

As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq on Sunday, friends and family of the first and last American fighters killed in combat were cherishing their memories rather than dwelling on whether the war and their sacrifice was worth it.

Nearly 4,500 American fighters died before the last U.S. troops crossed the border into Kuwait. David Hickman, 23, of Greensboro was the last of those war casualties, killed in November by the kind of improvised bomb that was a signature weapon of this war.

Please say a prayer, if you are so inclined, for David Emanuel Hickman and all of our guys who were injured or died in the conflict.

Army Paratrooper David Emanuel Hickman, KIA Baghdad

Godspeed Brother. . .