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Episode 15 – Going Out In Style

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26 Jun 2009, Combat Outpost Meade, Iraq (Baghdad): It was a scorching hot mid-June day in Baghdad, about 125 degrees. We had made a mounted patrol to the Victory Base Complex (aka “VBC”) – the largest US base in Iraq - to get some needed repairs done on one of our MRAPs. The outpost we live on is tiny and frequently does not have the things we need to keep us fully mission capable and ready to roll, that’s when we make a trip to VBC.

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Jedi Blog: Episode 14, End Game

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Combat Outpost Meade, Iraq (Baghdad)

June 5th, 2009. Our journey began over a year ago in Ft. Riley as we trained up for this mission in a Kansas spring and early summer that now seems like a distant, but fond, memory from years past. At this writing, our team has a little over a month left in our tour.

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Episode 13: The 7th Inning Stretch

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March 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Meade, Iraq

Our team is in the phase of deployment that I refer to as the middle innings, or now maybe even the 7th inning stretch. We have around 4 months to go. It’s a little early to get too preoccupied about redeployment, but those thoughts are creeping in.

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The Real Story Behind Iraqi Election Day

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Capt. Rich Connaroe, one of the original Team Jedi members, is currrently on leave back home in Virginia. He recently wrote this article about the changes that have occurred in Iraq since the first free elections were held four years ago. It’s something of a revelation about the strides the Iraqis have made, but also underscores how effective and important a job U.S. Military Transition Teams, such as Team Jedi, have done of teaching Iraqi soldiers how to protect their fellow citizens.

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Episode 12 – A New Hope and A New Home

12 Dec 08

Combat Outpost Meade, vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq

In 2006 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Muhammad Yunus for his work in giving micro-grants to people needing a little help to improve their small businesses. He showed the world how grants as little as $1,000 could change the lives of those (high-potential, low income) people. This week, I began handing out micro-grant applications to local sheiks (who will help me find and nominate the best candidates from the area).

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