This week a civilian interpreter at COP Sword, who goes by Adam, was killed while accompanying our Soldiers on a combat mission. We wanted to honor Adam as we would a brother-in-arms, so the Commander, a platoon leader, and I made comments in addition to the traditional elements of the Hero Flight ceremony. Adam's father was an Iraqi Air Force general under Saddam, who went into exile with his family when he refused the order to bomb a village. Adam shared the vision of a democratic Iraq.
A couple of days after Adam's Hero Flight, we went out to visit the Soldiers at COP Sword to see how they were handling their loss.
I want to share a few pictures from our visit to our Soldiers at COP Sword. Our trips out to the COPs are never routine. We always look forward to seeing the Soldiers who work/live out there.