By Cynthia I. Morgan
in the summertime of 2003, a pal within the nationwide protect stationed in Iraq wrote to Morgan approximately KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary that used to be hiring drivers. Morgan used to be from a relatives with a protracted army historical past; her oldest son used to be within the nationwide shield on the time. eager to do her half for her state and suffering financially after leaving her abusive 3rd husband, Cindy determined she was once "tired of surviving her existence and never dwelling it."
She left every little thing and everybody in the back of and set out for Kuwait and Iraq to be a truck driving force for KBR. She felt Iraq may supply her the chance she had to make a few alterations in her existence. Her 3 sons, then a while 18, sixteen, and 15, in addition to the remainder of her family members, supported her selection, yet made her promise that she could regularly inform them the reality approximately what she used to be facing as a motive force in Iraq. Drawn partly from the emails she published domestic and the journals she stored, Cindy in Iraq re-creates in brilliant element how Morgan overcame the stigma of being one of many infrequent girl truck drivers and quick rose during the ranks to turn into a convoy commander. She led her fellow Reefer Cowboys -- "reefer" is brief for "refrigerated truck" -- in convoys that added worthy items to squaddies stationed in such infamous scorching spots as Baghdad Airport, Camp Anaconda -- a spot as risky as its identify -- and Fallujah. A relocating aim for insurgents and with nearly no education, and unarmed besides, she confronted being ambushed and shot at, all whereas studying the best way to navigate Iraq's tough terrain. because the insurgency heated up, contractors have been in additional and extra peril, more and more abducted and finished. by the point Cindy's yr in Iraq used to be up, she had shrapnel in her arm. She additionally chanced on that there are occasions whilst the enemy might be a person you recognize.
Cindy's trip to Iraq was once additionally a voyage of self-discovery: "I knew that i might discover who i'm and what i'm made from here.... Honor, integrity, satisfaction, and humanity can all be found. i do know that I nonetheless am a really passionate individual in terms of the issues i think in.... i'm nonetheless me, yet more.... So my tale of being over this is not only one in every of a feminine truck driving force using in a warfare region in Iraq. it's a tale of me discovering the realm, and of me discovering me."
Cindy's is an eyewitness account of conflict that few reporters can supply: The thankful Iraqi kids, the hardworking U.S. squaddies, and the non-public tales of squaddies and civilians alike thrown jointly in a warfare in contrast to the other the us has ever fought.
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Cindy in Iraq: A Civilian's Year in the War Zone by Cynthia I. Morgan