From battle plans to lesson plans
As an infantry platoon leader in combat operations in Baghdad, Alex Ambrose felt the weight of two countries on his shoulders. It was March 2003 when the United States invaded Iraq in what was known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. The schoolteacher from New Jersey was deployed to Baghdad to assist with nation-building efforts. With the insurgency, his mission morphed into a mixture of nation building and combat operations. He quickly found himself in the middle of the desert leading 30 men in Humvees through the streets of Baghdad.
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January 11, 2019