Serving in Iraq (the Kickoff, the Surge, the Drawdown)

Welcome to Women of the Military, this week’s guest is LTC Olivia Nunn.

She grew up as a military brat. Her dad was in the Army and she wanted to do what he did. She knew at the age of four she wanted to join the Army.

serving in Iraq

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Olivia received her commission as a 2nd Lieutenant Chemical Officer in the United States Army in June of 2001 after graduating from Radford University. While she was in the final days of her training to become a chemical officer when September 11th happened. Even though she wasn’t in the Army for very long before September 11th happened, she saw many of the changes that were implemented.

Serving in Iraq

In 2003 she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I with the 4th Infantry Division. While deployed she served as a Battalion Chemical Officer and Convoy Commander. LTC Nunn served as the Brigade Chemical Officer and deployed for a second tour to Iraq in 2006 and spent the following 15 months in Baghdad as the Brigade Liaison Officer to Multi-National Division-Baghdad. In 2008 she took command of HHT, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and redeployed for a third time to Iraq as a Troop Commander. Her time in Iraq led her to be part of the initial invasion, part of the surge, and then the drawdown. She said she could see that change really happened and the country was different than when she arrived in 2003.

Army Public Affairs Officer

After her third deployment, she cross-trained to become an Army Public Affairs Officer. As a PAO she has held positions at the United States Military Academy at West Point and at the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs in the Pentagon. She has served as an official Army spokeswoman, Executive Officer to the Chief of Public Affairs, and lead strategic communication planner. She is currently serving in the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel as the Director of Communications for the US Army Soldier for Life program. She is two years away from retirement and is still trying to figure out the next step in her life. But as she tells young women who are considering joining the military the Army has opened many doors for her and she knows she will find her path when she leaves the military behind and begins her life as a civilian

Mentioned in this Episode:

US Army Soldier for Life Program

Other Podcast Episodes Focused on Iraq:

Being Stop Lossed In the Army – Episode 23

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Oliva deployed to Iraq in the beginning stages of the war. Deployed again in the surge and then a final time with the draw down. She saw hope when she arrived in the children she saw and change when she left. #iraq #militarywomen #hermilitarystory


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