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"I wanted to do two things: I wanted to be a composer and I wanted be a soldier, and I’m incredibly grateful I got to do both." (Video interview, 1:40:00).

   Jonathan Newmark
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Jonathan Newmark [detail from video interview]
War: War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
Branch: Army
Unit: 5010th US Army Hospital; 348th General Hospital; Madigan Army Medical Center; US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense; Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Service Location: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Lewis, Washington; Saudi Arabia; Fort Meade, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; Folsom, Pennsylvania; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Falls Church, Virginia; Belize; Korea; Japan; Singapore; Thailand; Germany; Greece; Israel; Portugal; Bahrain; Kuwait; Afghanistan; Netherlands; Kosovo; Poland; Italy
Rank: Colonel
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An interest in military history led Colonel Jonathan Newmark, then in his late 30s and practicing medicine as a clinical neurologist, to enlist in the Army Reserve. Little did he know that this decision would result in a second and third career. His time in the Reserves turned into twenty years on active duty in the Army Medical Corps, working in the field of chemical and biological terrorism. An accomplished musician, he used the GI Bill to pursue his lifelong passion for composition, earning a graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (6 clips)
» Part 1 
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Fascinated by military history and battle maps; decision to join the Reserves. (02:43) Deployment to Saudi Arabia; developed an interest in operational medicine; got involved in the field of medical response to chemical and biological terrorism. (02:00) Reaction of his military colleagues to his decision to go to conservatory. (03:06)
How military medicine differs from civilian medicine; altruism in military. (02:44) How he utilized the GI Bill; logistics of applying to musical composition graduate programs. (06:17) Regret that he didn’t join the Army earlier in life; gratitude for the opportunities that military service has provided. (00:56)

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