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Episode 29 Higens

When Davin Higens got into counterintelligence the Twin Towers were still and the job mostly involved running assets in hotspots as a way of keeping tabs on potential threats, but when he found himself in Iraq in the early days of the war on terror, running assets took on an urgency he couldn’t have imagined before. Because in Iraq there always was a ticking bomb somewhere.

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Episode 28 Cheek

Steven Cheek joined that Marines specifically to train and have that training tested. During the eight years and five combat tours he served as an infantryman, he used every inch of that training and more. Because for him, there had to be a life after the war that he could be proud of as well.

 
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Episode 27 Hic

Curtis Hice was one of the thousands of regular enlistees in 2001, people who were joining the military for the pursuit of personal excellence, social improvement and maybe adventure. Although combat deployments always are on the table, he joined at a time when answering that call didn’t seem as if it were going to happen. When it did, he learned quickly enough that loss is a part of war but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to accept.