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"I think that selflessness... is a missing element of our maturation in our society." (Video Interview, 20:45)

   Timothy Rieger
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Timothy Rieger [2005]
War: Afghan War, 2001-
Branch: Army
Unit: Judge Advocate General (JAG) Office, 25th Infantry Division
Service Location: Afghanistan
Rank: Major
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Timothy Rieger first served his country in the 1980s as a Marine assigned to various overseas duty stations. He stayed in the Marine Reserve and was called to active duty after the 9/11 attacks in Operation Noble Eagle, performing security missions stateside. As a member of the Army National Guard deployed to Afghanistan in 2004, he used his law school training as a JAG officer. He traveled throughout the country, doing national security assessments on behalf of the Afghans and investigating the bombing of a village by U.S. forces. Rieger bluntly points out the missing impulse in many quarters of our society to selflessly serve this country.

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His tour of duty in Afghanistan as a JAG officer, working in the Commander's Advisory Group; traveled around the country on behalf of the commander, doing national security assessments for the Afghans; also investigated the alleged bombing of a village by a U.S. aircraft; memorable stay with Special Forces outfit at Camp Blessing. (02:38) The average person in the States doesn't know what's going on in Afghanistan, doesn't understand the culture, although they are supportive of the troops. (00:35) Reflections on the military and the ideal warrior; being called to active duty in the wake of 9/11 and serving about eight months in Operation Noble Eagle; thinks it likely he'll be called to serve again; being part of a team with a mission is looking at life in an unselfish way. (04:59)

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