Here is a Soldier with a mission. He has already been deployed for a year, and has begun a second consecutive tour, and in February 2006, he will start a third consecutive tour. At present, he is talking to his leadership to see if he can stay until his ETS in 2009.
BALAD, Iraq, July 28, 2005 —Good luck to U.S. Army Specialist Jonathan Laureles. I would say "Stay out of Harm's way" but as a Medic, that is not always possible. Be safe. Keep your helmet on and watch your six, and HOOAH!!!
Soldiers look at deployment in many different ways. Some see it as a way of furthering their careers and some see it as a steppingstone to financial security. However, one soldier sees it as an opportunity to make a difference and he plans to make that difference as long as the Army will let him.