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Resident stationed overseas describes war life

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Two years after Sept. 11, 2001, Steven Trackwell graduated from Northview High School.

Following his graduation, Sgt. Trackwell joined the Army.

Currently, he is deployed in Afghanistan.

Via e-mail, Trackwell told The Brazil Times about the trials and tribulations of being in the foreign country during times of war.

"It's not easy and very dangerous," Trackwell said.

Trackwell is in the Army infantry. He said his job is to "find the enemy and destroy them."

The 24-year-old grew up in Brazil and is the son of Kelly and Doug Wright. Through his e-mail, Trackwell said his mother informed him The Times was searching for enlisted soldiers and wanted to tell their stories.

Since joining the military, Trackwell said he's been overseas for two years.

"As for what I can say about deployments, I did not chose to deploy this much, but really, I don't care," he said. "I really have the military mentality on this subject, so I might sound kind of angry, but I feel that I am fighting for those who fought for me."

Trackwell said life in the military during times of war is difficult and added "regular civilians" may not have a complete grasp of how hard it can be.

"(Regular civilians) out there who live their lives have no idea what's going on with the war or care for the war," he said.

Trackwell admitted he gets frustrated hearing about citizens who aren't as supportive of the troops as others.

Since arriving in Afghanistan, Trackwell said he has seen the travesty of war.

"A lot of these people do not know what to do or how to defend themselves," he said.

He also said media members who have traveled abroad to Afghanistan or Iraq have seen how difficult the mission is.

"Eighty-five percent of (citizens) have no idea what happens over here or how many lives I save on a daily basis," he said. "The only ones who know are the media members who have been here and my fellow military members in the infantry."

Trackwell said he is stationed in Louisiana and has a fiancÚ. They plan to marry in 2009.

Trackwell could not disclose when he will be returning home, but said he has already re-enlisted and plans on making the military his career.

"I am good at what I do and I don't feel that I could walk away when our country needs me," he said.

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