Staff Sergeant Karen Galloway was able to recently participate in an interview through e-mails with The Brazil Times.
A Property Book non-commissioned officer, Galloway's duties make her a "middleman" of property accountability for three units of the Indiana National Guard 1/151st Infantry stationed at the camp. It hasn't given her much time to get out and see Iraq.
"I have not had a chance to get out and meet the people. The only part of the country I have seen is the base where I live," Galloway said. "It is definitely desert around here, lots of sand. Very, very fine sand. It's a killer on the sinuses."
Although she has been limited to the base, Galloway is very clear on what life is like for military personnel and civilians in Iraq.
"All of Iraq is an active zone," she said about always being aware of the surroundings.
Being away from family is difficult, but Galloway says they know what to expect.
"My husband and I are both soldiers. My daughter has been a part of the Army since she was born, so I think we were pretty prepared for a situation like this," she said. "We stay in touch mainly by email, sometimes an occasional phone call."
Expected to return to the United States sometime in the fall, the first thing Galloway wants to do is go somewhere "just to relax and not think about anything."
"I look forward to being with my family and friends, drinking a cold beer, the lack of dust storms, regular clothes -- don't get me wrong, I love putting the uniform on -- and doing my own laundry in Tide."