Texas, Alaska, and Iraq: A Live It Everyday Writer's Story

Brian Pearce is Live It Everyday's new contributing writer and represents our patriotic line. Here is his story. 

My name is Brian K Pearce.

I enlisted in the Army in June of 1992 after being laid of from my job as a Deputy Sheriff in rural Sutheast Ohio. My Recruiter loved me because, I was able to do my own fingerprints and background checks because of my being in law enforcement before. So when I went to see him, I had a good portion of his job already done.

I attended Basic training at Ft Bliss in El Paso, Texas from June to August and boy was it hot: 111 when I got off the plane the first night. I finished Basic with a broken foot and went to Ft Leonardwood in Missouri to train both as a Heavy Equipment Operator and Combat Engineer, which was a short lived experiment as they only ran two iterations -- classes or cycles -- through. I then reported to Ft McClellan, Alabama to the 46th Engineer Battalion where I stayed for almost three years before heading to Korea with the 50th Assault Bridge Company.

From there I went to Ft Hood, Texas, Ft Drum New York, and ended my service briefly to go back to police work in the same community where I was laid off before.  This break lasted about two and a half years before I returned to Active Duty and retrained at Ft Sill in Oklahoma and was re-posted to Ft Wainwright, Alaska to the 172d Stryker Brigade to prep for a deployment to Iraq.

We did our train up for Iraq right there in Alaska except for 30 days in Louisiana ... Yeah there's a huge amount of comparisons to a Iraq in Alaska in January and Louisiana at any time. We deployed as a Brigade and were stationed largely in the Mosul area but had different units in other places throughout the country from the Syrian border in the west to Turkey in the east, to our own Battalion about 50-60 miles south.

Yep, this was going to be a long year.

Time to make the donuts, Brian

When I asked Brian how he wanted to "sign off," on his posts, this is what he told me: "If you recall the old Dunkin Donut commercials where the guy was always puttering around in his house early in morning saying 'time to make the donuts.'  I always used that before a shift as a cop and before a mission in Somalia and Iraq." I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to his upcoming posts. 

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