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"The only way I go home is through Baghdad, and I hope they start it quick." (Email to his wife, 1/19/2003).

   Chadwick William Storlie
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Chadwick Storlie [detail from video]
War: Peacekeeping forces--Bosnia and Hercegovina; Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Army; Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division; 1st Brigade, and C Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); 10th Special Forces Group; 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Location: Korea; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Bosnia; Germany; also: Iraq
Rank: Captain; Major
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At the time of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Major Chadwick William Storlie already had significant military experience: trained as part of the Army’s Special Forces, he had deployed to Bosnia in 1996. Though he left active duty in 2000, his Maryland National Guard unit was activated in the fall of 2002, and he deployed to the Middle East in January 2003, where he served as the primary planner for a Special Operations task force. Along with an oral history, his collection includes excerpts from his emails to his wife, Deborah. Despite their electronic format, these emails are reminiscent of letters from earlier generations: they detail his frustrations and boredom along with his pride in his accomplishments, and above all, serve to reassure Deborah of his safety.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (5 clips)
»Complete Interview 
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 Personal Correspondence
»Collected emails from Maj. Chadwick W. Storlie to his wife Deborah [1/2002 - 10/2003]
 Other Materials
»Additional Information [Biographical]
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (5 items)
Special Forces selection process; testing process; learning to prepare for variability; working as a team. (05:26) SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) training; learning to survive in the wild and in a simulated POW camp. (03:07) Deploying to Bosnia; working with Romanian military units; hazards of the mission; building a critical road to Sarajevo. (04:36)
Member of Maryland National Guard; unit was activated in the fall of 2002; deployed to the Middle East in January 2003; achievements in Iraq; first experience with direct ground combat. (02:32) Challenges of Middle East deployment; receiving tremendous support from wife; military life presents a lot of challenges. (00:57) 

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