By AMY YUNK
John Lore, an English and Journalism Professor, was deployed to the Middle East in the summer of 2008. This would be his first tour of duty for the Army, National Guard. The tour first began in Kuwait and then his platoon moved to Baghdad, Iraq where they remained stationed for nine months. The troop was located near an Iraq Judicial / Governmental building. “Trials were held in this building for Third World criminals who broke the law”, said Lore. Working near the building enabled John to be in contact with the Iraq police and also lawyers and judges. Also this location was near a call center where he was able to contact his family at least every other day. “This is what got [me] through”, said Lore. Coming in contact with the natives on the way to work and when touring the area was also common and interesting, their culture was certainly different than that of an American. He worked on a convoy truck with 30 other members of his platoon. As a lieutenant he was responsible for preparing the orders to be carried out by the sergeants. Following such a strict schedule, there was not nearly enough time for rest. This is what John said was the hardest change to adapt to. In fact when asked what he missed most about being home he quickly responded “sleep”, besides his family of course. Being a lieutenant was certainly different than his duties as a professor. One of the differences was giving an order to his platoon. Lore said, when you give an assignment to a student that’s as far as you can go with it. You are not sure that the student will carry their instructions, but giving an order to a soldier is quite the contrary, you know that they will fulfill the request. For individuals interested in joining the military lore said, “make sure it is a good fit” and it is definitely something you need to be passionate about. He was “relieved that he and his troops returned home safely and no one was killed or badly injured in the line of duty”, said Lore.