As it is my two year deployment anniversary, I decided to pull out some of the pictures I never shared on this blog. Above is the famous Hands of Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. For most of my deployment, I was stationed on Victory Base Complex, but I was able to visit the International Zone in downtown Baghdad near the end of my deployment. Part of that visit included a short tour around the International Zone, which brought me to the Hands of Victory.
To backtrack just a bit, I thought I should mention that we were driving around the International Zone in an up-armored Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta looked like any other Jetta but the doors were deceptively thick and heavy. Also, the front windshield was cracked and when viewed at an angle, showed the thickness of the ballistic glass. As our driver first started up the Jetta, dust came flying out of the A/C vents which were set to high. The four of us pushed the doors open as quickly as possible and did combat rolls out of the Jetta.