9/11/06 Baghdad Iraq

How did I end up here? #BostonToBaghdad

September 11, 2018

It's September 11th.

We knew on that morning in 2001, that we would remember this date forever, we just didn't know exactly why. It became very clear in the days and weeks to come, what a mark that day would leave on the history of this country. Not just with the victims families, and those who bravely rushed towards the rubble to help, but for the millions that were in uniform, and those that would raise their right hand starting on September 12th. A new generation of veterans was born on that day, and while debates over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue for the rest of our lives, this post is about those who, without knowing where or when they would be called upon, agreed to go.

5 years after 9/11, I was in Baghdad Iraq. I spent the day at Camp Cropper with the 181 Engineers, and then I headed back to Camp Victory, to attend a USO concert with "My Guys", Drowning Pool just happened to be playing. 3000 heavily armed troops, on a somber anniversary, just looking to blow off a little steam, in the middle of Baghdad.

The band asked me to introduce them, it was one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had.

 

The band stayed for HOURS, and signed every autograph they were asked for. 

September 11th, brings back a lot of emotions every year. 2001, was one of the darkest days in my life, and I know I am not alone saying that.

But in 2006, I was surrounded by some of the most amazing, brave, selfless people I will ever meet. In a place I could never have imagined I'd be.

I didn't get video of the show, but others did. This was still the craziest pit I have ever seen.

12 years later, I still think about "My Guys" from 'Boston to Baghdad' every day! You all know who you are!

17 years later, I still remember every detail about that day in the WAAF studio.

The band, inspired by their time overseas, wrote "Soldiers" and used footage from that show in Baghdad in the video.

Never Forget... Never Again