Reflections on My Deployment to the National Capital Region

At 1400 on June 1, 2020—a year ago this week—my company was starting our weekly training meeting. The first five months of 2020 had already proved chaotic. Our battalion was activated as an immediate response battalion and deployed to Iraq for two months in January and February. Our redeployment was quickly followed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of April and May consisted of minimal manning to accomplish maintenance and recovery operations. The company was looking forward to returning to some form of normalcy and training even with COVID-19 precautions in place.

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