"11-Man Deployments" - when I saw this headline on the front page of the Army Times, I immediately recognized the description of my husband's current mission in Iraq and I swooped up a copy, glad to see attention was being called to the important work he's doing.
"Picture hundreds of elite teams of U.S. soldiers embedded in Iraqi combat units — living with them, training with them, fighting with them — for up to a full year.
The Army began fielding such teams about a year ago, when a tenacious insurgency demanded a new approach to strengthening a sluggish Iraqi army.
Today, U.S. military leadership is on a campaign to grow more of these 11-man Military Transition Teams and intends to staff them with 'the best and brightest' officers and NCOs, according to an Army war planner in the Pentagon."
How exciting to see my husband, J., described as the "best and brightest"!