Molly McGlaughlin


Molly McGlaughlin wanted to follow her father and join the Air Force. Instead, she joined the Army’s Signal Corps, earning her commission as a second lieutenant following her graduation from Norwich University in 1989. Her career in active and Reserves duty has focused on information operations, including cybersecurity. As of 2015, she is a colonel, with tours of duty in Korea, Europe and Iraq.


William “Bill” Callahan


Bill Callahan is a “30-year” man with service in both the U.S. Air Force and the Mass. Army National Guard. His active service with the Guard includes two tours of Iraq, during which he helped provide logistics and supplies for coalition forces (2003-04), as well as helped provide security around Camp Liberty near Baghdad (2007-08). Callahan would earn two Bronze Stars for his work.



Bill Callahan, formal portrait


Col. Callahan in Iraq briefing security guards from Uganda.


Col. Callahan at Camp Victory in Iraq


David Gallo

U.S. Army 1984–2007


David Gallo joined the Army in 1984, after graduation from Salem State College. He entered the military police program and served in MP units while on active duty and later with the Mass. National Guard. He served in Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.


David Gallo, right, with state Sen. Richard Ross

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Paul F. Foley

U.S. Navy 1979–2009


Paul Foley joined the military in 1979 because he thought the U.S. was about to wage war against Iran. He joined the Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) and served in a variety of positions around the world, from the Aleutians Islands to Antarctica. He also served two tours in Iraq. Foley retired in 2009 with the rank of Master Chief.


Paul Foley, 2014



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Viviana Cordoba

U.S. Army 1999–2008


Viviana Cordoba joined the Army in 1999 because she wanted to travel and be part of the Army lifestyle. As a reservist she worked in patient administration at Fort Devens with the 804th Medical Brigade. In 2005, she was called into active service, placed with the 883rd Medical Company and sent to Iraq. Her duties included interaction with the local workforce, and recording the experiences of troops returning from the battlefield. After six months in Baghdad, her unit was sent to Camp Liberty in southwest Iraq, and the remainder of her deployment she spent with clients, including more women veterans. Upon discharge she returned to Massachusetts; as of the interview in 2012, she was the coordinator for the Women’s Veterans Network, keeping the 28,000 female veterans in Massachusetts informed of the benefits and programs available to them.

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Brett Conaway

National Guard 2003-present



While at Roger Williams University, Brett Conaway joined the ROTC program. Following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, he was called to active duty with the 211th Military Police Battalion of the 772nd Military Police Company, overseeing security at Otis Air National Guard Base and at airports on Cape Cod and the islands off the coast. He was then sent overseas for Operation Iraqui Freedom, where his battalion handled security for a base in Baghdad and conducted missions throughout the Sunni Triangle. A former palace of Uday Hussein became their headquarters. While training police in Fallujah, members of the 211th came under attack, and Conaway helped rescue wounded soldiers. After many years of active duty, Conaway talks about returning home and reuniting with his family.


Brett Conaway with a humvee.


An apartment building in Iraq.


Brett Conaway, inside one of the palaces.


Brett Conaway, at home with his sons

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David S. Ball

U.S. Air Force 1991–2017


As an ICU and Emergency Room nurse, David Ball had experience. He also had friends who were Air Force flight nurses and, wanting to make a difference, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1991. With 18 years in the Reserves as a Flight Nurse, his duties have taken David to Kosovo in 1999, Afghanistan in 2003, and Iraq in 2005. In this interview, he offers insight into the duties of the Flight Nurse and technicians. He also talks about the heartache of transporting a seriously injured soldier and the humanitarian mission to save a young boy in need of a heart transplant.


Kosovo, 1999


David Ball in a C-141, Afghanistan, 2003


Iraq, 2006

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Michael Anthony

U.S. Army 2003–2010


Michael Anthony joined the Army Reserves at the age of 18. He trained to be an operating room technician and was shipped to Iraq in 2006. Assigned to the 399th Combat Support Hospital, he tells of his experiences in Mosul, where they were “mortared constantly,” and Al Asad, helping military and civilian casualties alike. Anthony kept a journal, which would become the basis for his book “Mass Casualties,” published in 2009.


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