Imagine if our country did not have a system set up to address criminal acts or civil wrongs. Imagine if there was no system set up to recognize and enforce your right to own property. I use my experience as a prosecutor in civilian life to help address these issues in Iraq.
Another issue that I deal with is making sure our soldiers are trained on the proper Rules of Engagement. The ROE are the rules that govern how our military acts within an armed conflict. These rules will change from time to time to reflect the type of threat situation our troops are operating in. These rules also govern how we treat any prisoners or detainees that our forces capture.
My job requires me to be well versed in the ROE to make sure our troops are fully aware of all of their options when they come in contact with any hostel threat. This gives you an idea of some of the issues that I have a chance to deal with while deployed.
I look forward to continuing my service over the next year. I hope to learn more of the Iraqi culture and be able to share it with family and friends. I hope to have more interaction with the local population of Iraq. This deployment has been an eye opening experience that has made me realize, that even with all of our faults, how truly great our county is. I look forward to many things, but most of all I look forward to putting my feet back on American soil and my arms around my wife and kids.
CPT Gary McKenzie
194th EN BDE
JAG Trial Counsel