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Ten year anniversary

By Eric Singer, Anchor/Reporter , e.singer@krdo.com
Published On: Mar 19 2013 11:13:18 PM CDT

A retired Command Sgt Major reflecting on the start and what we've learned from it.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -

Command Sgt Major, Terrance McWilliams, looked back and forward on the ten year anniversary of the war in Iraq.  He was deployed to Iraq from Fort Carson in 2004.  He served 31 years in the Army before retiring in 2007.  The big question a decade later, was the war worth it?

CSM McWilliams told me, "We made progress in helping establish a democracy in Iraq.  The people now have a say.  They have a better life.  Militarily, did we accomplish our objective.  We got Saddam.  He's no longer in charge.  We tore down his regime." 

The retired Army veteran also believes that there is another aspect to the war that some may be forgetting about on this anniversary.  CSM McWilliams said, "I'm pleased to see that we are recognizing that post traumatic stress is real and we're coming after with effective treatment methods." 

Thousands of Fort Carson soldiers were deployed to Iraq.  256 Peterson AFB airmen were also deployed.  258 Fort Carson soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice during the war in Iraq.  The last U.S. military personnel left Iraq in December of 2011.

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