Sacrifice Leads to being Thankful

I’m standing in a room full of people who are honoring my sacrifice of being a military veteran. Often when people hear about the military they hear of moving regularly, deploying to war and losing loved ones. And yes, there is that, but there is also so much goodness in those hard times and sacrifice. […]

Serving as a USAF Intelligence Officer Overseas

Leslie* served in the as an Intelligence Officer in the Air Operations Center in Qatar and UAE. Learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes. Not all work is done at the ground level. Name: Leslie* Rank during deployment: Captain Branch of Service: Air Force Current rank/current job if you have left […]

A Female Civil Engineer: Around the World

Kristina and I met when I was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in the Civil Engineer Squadron. We were only stationed together for a few months, but her impact lasted with me long after I left for my deployment. As a female officer with so much advice and being willing to spend time mentoring me. […]

Just a Guy in Afghanistan – Another View of Deployment

When I started collecting deployment stories I asked anyone and everyone to share. I was surprised that only one guy from the current war era answered my request. I call him my guy in Afghanistan. I really thought I would share mostly a guys experience. And even though I wasn’t able to get follow up […]

What Does A Lawyer Do In Iraq and Afghanistan?

Carrie* is a Attorney still serving the United States Military today. She has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. I loved seeing another different type of deployment as a lawyer overseas. I knew that there were groups training the Afghan National Army (ANA), but never thought that lawyers had that responsibility. Thank you for sharing your […]

A Female Interrogator in Iraq and Afghanistan

Cassie is another military veteran I met through an online community on Facebook. She is no longer in the military and now serves as a Online Strength Training Coach for Women. While she was in the Army she deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Today she is sharing her experience being deployed as a female interrogator.  […]

Combat and Other Stories From Across the Globe

I met Joy through a Facebook group and was so excited to hear her story because she has deployed 4 times. Through her 4 deployments she had different experiences. I tried to capture as many details as I could about her experience. I am so excited to have her share her story today. Name: Joyleniz […]

A Civilian Perspective: Surviving in Afghanistan

Kathy and I met while serving on the Kapisa PRT. We were actually roommates before she was transferred to Kabul to finish her deployment. Kathy had so much wisdom to share and I was grateful for her advice and support. Read her civilian perspective in Afghanistan while serving for the Department of Agriculture. This is Day […]

Living and Surviving in Harms Way: Kapisa PRT, Afghanistan

My friend Katie* deployed with me to Afghanistan as part of the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). We met through our deployment and are still friends today. I love hearing her perspective because even though we deployed to the same place and the same mission (Kapisa PRT) we have a different perspective and share different stories. You […]

What a Timid Girl Learned to Survived 9 Months in Afghanistan

I’m kicking off the Deployment Stories with my Afghanistan Deployment. I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 on a Provincial Reconstruction Team. This is Day 3 of my 31 Day Series. If you want to start at the beginning click here. Name: Amanda Huffman Rank during deployment: 1st Lieutenant (O2) Branch of Service: Air Force […]