My husband, Chris is a wonderful man. We met over 20 years ago when he was an Army Specialist. He had been stationed with a nuke Field Artillery Battalion in Germany He told stories of getting alerted at least 3 times a month, not knowing where they were headed, whether to a training exercise or to the Fulda Gap to support the 11th ACR in case of a real war. Following his return stateside, Chris worked his way through the ranks and made Staff Sergeant. He then decided to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). After OCS Chris had a number of challenging positions but eventually left the Army for an opportunity with a $13B company in Phoenix. During his employment with this company, I received a Western Union Telegram from the Dept. of the Army while he was on a business trip. I called him and read it to him, it went something like: "Dear CPT Swatty: After 9/11, we knew this day might come and come it did in 2005. Chris said his good-byes and went to train and deployed to Baghdad Iraq. His job was Forward Operating Base Commander, in the Red Zoneť near Sadr City. He was responsible for the life support and security of over 800 people incl. coalition forces (Multi National) and DOD police trainers. Wanting to get a better understanding of what he did in Iraq I dug out his awards. I cried when I read, “CPT Swatty lead the team of first responders to provide aid after the coordinated double suicide vest bombings on the Baghdad Police College. He personally ensured all ambulances were checked for explosives prior to being allowed on scene. Chris was there with the bomb dog teams." The other award read: "CPT Swatty led security forces while as Joint Security Operations Cdr over security for National Police Day. No casualties and Chris and was responsible for safety the US Ambassador to Iraq, Minister of the Interior and other dignitaries." He doesn't talk much about the awards but he says he would do it all over again. That's why he's my hero. Chris has 2 sons and is a graduate of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale and the University of Phoenix. When not over-seas, Cpt. Swatty resides with his family in Scottsdale.