People listened intently as Sgt. 1st Class Chris Doyle spoke Nov. 5 about an experience he had while serving in Iraq.
"I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was sitting on the phone talking with my parents," he said. "I had probably been on the phone for about five minutes when I heard what sounded like a low-flying aircraft.
"As I leaned outside the truck to see what the noise was, all I heard was a loud boom. The boom would send me back into the truck wondering what happened. The first thing I did was pick up the phone to see if my parents were still there.
"Of course, they weren't there anymore. So, I jumped out of the truck to go see what had happened. When I came around the corner, all I could see was soldiers moving all over the place."
That unidentified event was one of the many experiences Sgt. 1st Class Doyle shared with an audience that included fellow soldiers and others from the community at the Maxwell Branch Library as he talked about a day in the life of a soldier in Iraq.
Sgt. 1st Class Doyle has been in the Army for 11 years, working in the communications field, and had been deployed to Iraq twice. He has also served in Bosnia, England, Germany and at several bases in the U.S.
His presentation went beyond just his experiences in Iraq.
He also talked about friendships he has formed with fellow soldiers; how he has grown and the things he has learned about himself; and his love for serving the country through the Army.
"I would not trade my experiences in the Army for anything," he said. "They taught me a lot about myself as well as other cultures around the world. ... I like the Army a lot, as well as my job and the people I work with."
At the end of the presentation, he and other soldiers received an outpouring of thanks and gratitude for their service from those in attendance, as well as questions about how civilians could show their support.
"I believe everyone took away something from, it including a greater appreciation for what our soldiers do," Maxwell Branch manager Poitevint Beck said of Sgt. 1st Class Doyle's presentation.
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