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Greenwich Students Get Vet's Perspective on Iraq

GREENWICH, Conn. – A Navy commander recently gave his daughter's Greenwich Academy class a unique military history lesson when he shared his experiences in the Iraq War, which officially came to an end this week.

Cmdr. Brad Boyer, the father of Greenwich Academy junior Aliya Boyer, spoke first about his experiences in Baghdad, where he served from June to December 2007 as an intelligence officer with the Multi-National Force-Iraq Law and Order Task Force. He showed the girls personal photos of his living accommodations, uniform, weaponry and explosives and the convoy vehicles in which he traveled.

Boyer showed the students maps of Baghdad, pointing out where his base was located and described the nature of the criminal justice system in Iraq. He also gave his audience a taste of daily life on the base, showing a photo of himself with an outdoor thermometer reading 128 degrees and a video of a convoy trip through the “Green Zone” of the city.

Cmdr. Boyer colored his description of the mission and life at FOB Shield with personal anecdotes, sharing moments when he felt nervous and showing a picture of his reunion with his family at Westchester Airport.

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