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Scott Blomberg - War On Terror

Scott Blomberg enrolled in the U.S. Army's Health Professional Scholarship Program while attending medical school, where he trained to be an optometrist. Following his graduation in 2000, he was required to serve on active duty. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and deployed to Kosovo in March 2001. His division was mobilized again for the liberation of Iraq in March 2003.

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Feature Excerpt

The Other Guy Is A Bad Guy

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life, training as an optometrist & assignment to 101st Airborne Div

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Deployment in 2001 to Kosovo with the 502nd Airborne Regiment

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Service during initial occupation of Iraq with 101st Airborne in 2003

Transcript


Photos

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In the city of Bicevac, Kosovo locals create an outdoor ‘waiting room’ as they stand in line to see the eye doctor.

Where:

Bicevac, Kosovo

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Deployed to Kosovo May 14, 2001, Scott Blomberg stands before the tent hospital or Combat Area Support Hospital (CASH), which is similar to a MASH unit. Blomberg’s optometry facility is the green tent to the left of the tan tent.

Where:

Kosovo

When:

Kosovo May 14, 2001

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Sergeant Priest, Dr. Dimitriy, a Russian Ophthalmologist, and Captain Scott Blomberg photographed in Pristina, Kosovo.

Where:

Pristina, Kosovo

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg is photographed by Task Force Med Falcon for a write-up about his optometrist services in Strpce, Kosovo.

Where:

Strpce, Kosovo

When:

Unknown

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While stationed in Kosovo, Scott Blomberg gave eye exams to school children, such as the boys that joined him for this photograph in 2001.

Where:

Kosovo

When:

2001

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg fits eyeglasses on a local woman who providing free eye checkups in Ferizaj, Kosovo in May 2001.

Where:

Ferizaj, Kosovo

When:

May 2001

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Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg stands before the United States of America’s Marine One in Kosovo, in 2003.

Where:

Kosovo

When:

2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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President Bush makes a speech to troops at Camp Bondsteel during a visit to Kosovo. According to an Associated Press article about the visit, President Bush “told cheering U.S. troops he hoped to ‘hasten the day’ they can return home.”

Where:

Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

When:

Unknown

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It was cold and snowy on the morning of February 26, 2003, when Scott Blomberg arrived at the 801st Headquarters in preparation for deployment to Kuwait.

Where:

801st Headquarters

When:

February 26, 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg, holding his 19-month old daughter, Faith, is joined by his wife, Kimberly, and 3-year-old son, Logan at the 801st Headquarters. The Blomberg Family posed for this before he boarded a bus to the airfield to make the long trip to Kuwait.

Where:

801st Headquarters

When:

February 26, 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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This map indicates the route that E Company, 801st Main Support Battalion, Blomberg’s unit, took through Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Where:

Unknown

When:

2003

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Scott Blomberg in Camp Pennsylvania Optometry Clinic in Kuwait where he served soldiers in 2003.

Where:

Camp Pennsylvania Optometry Clinic in Kuwait

When:

2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg poses with his weapon in Kuwait in early 2003, while waiting for the war to start.

Where:

Kuwait

When:

Early 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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A Humvee accident on a drive from port in Kuwait in. A Humvee in a previous convoy had gone off the road and tumbled.

Where:

Kuwait

When:

February 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Two soldiers relax in their fox holes. Holes like these were dug at each regular stop as the Ground Assault Convoy (GAC) crossed the Iraqi desert in March, 2003.

Where:

Iraqi desert

When:

March, 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

Caption

Captains Andy Gregory (left) and Scott Blomberg photographed after getting lost in a sandstorm in Kuwait.

Where:

Kuwait

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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At U. S. Army Camp Pennsylvania, in southern Iraq, a soldier demonstrates the disposal of fecal waste by burning it in a 55-gallon barrel.

Where:

U. S. Army Camp Pennsylvania, in southern Iraq

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo

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While in , Scott Blomberg makes last minute gas mask inserts for soldiers in early 2003.

Where:

Kuwait

When:

Early 2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg during a northbound, night drive in Iraq, April 2003.

Where:

Iraq

When:

April 2003

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Narrator’s Photo

Caption

Captain Blomberg joined a sunrise service. About twelve baptisms were performed that morning on the banks of a clean water reservoir, as the river contained feces and blister agents. The 801st Chaplain is pictured performing one of the baptisms.

Where:

Near the banks of the Euphrates River

When:

Easter morning, April 20, 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Sergeant Major Graben (left) and Colonel Methvin photographed in Iraq, March 2003.

Where:

Iraq

When:

March 2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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Three children pose for the camera of a soldier of the 801st in Baghdad during the spring of 2003.

Where:

Baghdad

When:

Spring of 2003

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A crowd in Mosul, Iraq give the Americans a thumbs-up when they arrive in the city, in a photograph taken by a soldier in 801st in the spring of 2003.

Where:

Mosul, Iraq

When:

Spring of 2003

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Iraq’s Mosul Palace photographed by Scott Blomberg in the spring 2003. The Palace served as the headquarters for the 101st for General Patraeus and his staff.

Where:

Iraq’s Mosul Palace

When:

Spring 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg at Chemical Ali’s residence, home to Uday Hussein and Chemical Ali’s Iraqi “love shack.” Spring 2003.

Where:

Chemical Ali’s residence, Iraq

When:

Spring 2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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An American soldier guards a group of enemy prisoners of war in Mosul, Iraq in the spring of 2003.

Where:

Mosul, Iraq

When:

Spring of 2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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Heeba, 6, seated on her roof, fell and hit the left side of her head during a bombing incident. The right side of her body became paralyzed and she was unable to move or shut her left eye. Blomberg's team cared for Heeba by surgically closing her eyelid.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Spring 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg, joined by Lyle Onstad and Captain Andy Gregory, seated with Heeba’s family following the young girl’s eye surgery. Pictured on the left are Heeba’s father and little sister, with Heeba’s brother in the center. Spring 2003.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Spring 2003

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Narrator’s Photo

Caption

Scott Blomberg poses with Dohuk, Iraq residents in the summer of 2003.

Where:

Iraq

When:

Summer of 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

Caption

Scott Blomberg performs an optometry exam for an American soldier while in in 2003.

Where:

Iraq

When:

2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

Caption

Scott Blomberg photographed Specialist Cory Priest writing home during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Where:

Iraq

When:

2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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In this photograph by Scott Blomberg, Colonel Nathan Methvin takes a catnap when the Company was stationed in Mosul, Iraq, July 2003. Colonel Methvin served as the 801st Dentist.

Where:

Mosul, Iraq

When:

July 2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg in Mosul, Iraq, with Staff Sergeant Woolf (left) and Specialist Sanchez in 2003.

Where:

Mosul, Iraq

When:

2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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After watching the film “Band of Brothers” Echo Company staged their own series of photos with each man stepping out of the picture as he left for home. In this first shot, Blomberg (left) stands beside Andy, Colonel Methvin, Novak, Onstad, and Schaller.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Mid-2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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Scott Blomberg reunited with his family on August 4, 2003.

Where:

Unknown

When:

August 4, 2003

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Narrator’s Photo

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Young Faith Blomberg surrounded by the American flags that decorated the family lawn on the day her father, Scott Blomberg, returned home from Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Where:

Family lawn

When:

2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo



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