Civil Affairs NCO Authors Deployment Book

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Civil Affairs NCO Authors Deployment Book


Younger, Gary, Warrior - Citizen


LIKE MANY SOLDIERS, Sgt. Media Meichelbock kept a journal of her wartime experience. As one of a few females in her unit and as a woman mixing with Iraqi civilians, she had plenty of spice for her diary.

After returning home Meichelbock, of the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, Upland, Calif., turned her journal into a book entitled, "In the Company of Soldiers." Because her book gives readers a candid you-are-there perspective on her experience, all told with a few healthy doses of humor, she was named as an award-winning finalist in the autobiography/memoir category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

"I feel extremely honored to be an award-winning finalist in this national book competition," Meichelbock said. "I hold nothing back in this tell-all book in the hope that readers will gain an honest insight on the war from a unique perspective."

Meichelbock describes a defining moment for her during her September 2004 to June 2005 deployment: "My task one day was to frisk the Iraqi women coming in to claim property or injury damage after the battle. Needless to say, was feeling pretty down.

"An Iraqi woman I had to frisk must have seen some discomfort in my eyes because she looked my face up and down and then moved a wisp of hair that had inadvertently fallen down my face back up behind my ear. …

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