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John Moulton - War On Terror

John Moulton started his military career as an enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force in 1967, and served in Okinawa and South Korea during the Vietnam War. He left the Air Force after his tour and started a long career as a civil servant in Illinois. In 1980 he returned to the military, this time earning a commission and joining the U.S. Army Reserve. He deployed as a civil affairs officer to Bosnia in 1997-98, and deployed to Iraq in 2004-05, this time as a colonel, serving as Chief of the National Civil-Military Operations Center and Asst. Chief of Operations, Reconstruction Operations Center. He reflects extensively on both of these deployments, and on the successes and frustrations associated with civil affairs work.

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Iraqi man cultivating plants

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early years and enlisted Air Force service in Okinawa and S. Korea

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Post Vietnam War year civilian career and USAR military career

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Service as a Civil Affairs Officer in Bosnia, Nov 1997-Jul 1998

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Post Bosnia service and deployment to Iraq, 2004-2005

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

Service in Iraq thru 2005 and remainder of military and civilian career


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Staff Sergeant John E. Moulton, father of COL John Moulton, was a radio operator on a B-24 Liberator, who spent the war in the United States. Circa 1943.

Where:

United States

When:

Circa 1943

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Narrator’s photo

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Moulton’s bomb assembly team is assembling 750 pound high explosive bombs on Kadena Air Base. The bombs are being prepped for a B-52 airstrike against South Vietnam in September 1968.

Where:

Kadena Air Base

When:

September 1968.

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Narrator’s photo

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Fruits of their labor. A completed trailer at Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base is loaded with 750-pound bombs with fuses and fins mounted, ready for loading onto B-52s.

Where:

Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base

When:

September 1968.

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Narrator’s photo

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A local protest sign against the American presence in Okinawa was posted outside the Kadena Air Base in December 1968.

Where:

Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base

When:

December 1968.

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Narrator’s photo

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John Moulton attended Bob Hope’s December 1968 Christmas Show on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. Ann-Margret headlined the show that year.

Where:

Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base

When:

December 1968.

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Narrator’s photo

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When Bob Hope visited Springfield, IL for a show at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in 1985, John got the star’s signature on the photo he took of Hope’s USO show in December, 1968 at Kadena AFB in Okinawa.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

1985

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Narrator’s photo

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An aircraft bunker for F-4 Phantom jet #710 in early 1970. The aircraft was crewed by pilot MAJ Tony Andreasy, co-pilot Lt. John Feldon, and crew chief SGT Bill Langworthy.

Where:

Kunsan AFB in South Korea

When:

early 1970

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Narrator’s photo

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Korean locals often worked on the Kunsan AFB. John Moulton’s houseboy, on the left, invited Moulton to his residence outside the airbase in the summer of 1970.

Where:

Kunsan AFB in South Korea

When:

summer of 1970

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Narrator’s photo

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The munitions handling crew relax at the Airman’s Club at Kunsan AFB in the summer of 1970.

Where:

Kunsan AFB in South Korea

When:

summer of 1970

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Narrator’s photo

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John Moulton’s barracks at Kunsan AFB in South Korea, during the time he was stationed there in the summer of 1970.

Where:

Kunsan AFB in South Korea

When:

summer of 1970

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Narrator’s photo

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Major Moulton, shortly after arriving in Sarajevo in December 1997. The team’s equipment is being unloaded in the background. All of his personal equipment for eight months was in the backpack he wore.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

December 1997

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Narrator’s photo

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The Civil Affairs Team took time for their picture at Joseph Tito’s summer home in Sarajevo in January 1998. Major Moulton, front row, 3rd from the right, was in charge of the business team consisting of five people.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

January 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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Major John Moulton stands in front of a Turkish armored personnel carrier outside Joseph Tito’s summer home in Sarajevo, circa February 1998.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

circa February 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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An interpreter asked Major Moulton to teach an English language class for a group of Bosnian Muslim high school students in Sarajevo in early 1998.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

early 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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Moulton accepts an appointment as task force commander from Sir Andy Bearpark (light blue shirt), a representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Major Goulka is on the right and a German officer is on the left. Circa April 1998 in Sarajevo.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

Circa April 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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Moulton was enroute to Banja Luka, in the Republic of Serpska sector of Bosnia in May 1998. He had just been assigned as the Chief of Reconstruction Return Task Force. The team consisted of an interpreter, a guard and a driver.

Where:

Republic of Serpska sector of Bosnia

When:

Republic of Serpska sector of Bosnia

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Narrator’s photo

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This building in a downtown Sarajevo neighborhood suffered artillery damage from the Serbian military in 1995. Moulton took the photo in the Spring of 1998, illustrating how little recovery work had been done by that time.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

Spring of 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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The Serbs intentionally destroyed every room in this apartment complex in Sarajevo during their wartime terror campaign. Reconstruction was just getting started in the spring of 1998, and much of the population was just beginning to return.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

Spring of 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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The Civil Affairs unit’s operations center was located in Joseph Tito’s summer home in Sarajevo. The team is returning from a mission in late spring, 1998.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

Late Spring of 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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In June 1998 Moulton was sent to Tuzla, Bosnia. Moulton is at a State Department office in Tuzla with his team of interpreters, where he worked on the Reconstruction Return Task Force. All three interpreters were Bosnian Muslims.

Where:

Tuzla, Bosnia

When:

June 1998

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Narrator’s photo

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Major Moulton conducts a meeting between Serbs and Bosnia Muslims business owners to help them form a community business club at the U. of Sarajevo. Serbs are facing the camera, while the Bosnians are on the opposite side of the table.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

1998

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Narrator’s photo

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This Superman comic book was developed by UNICEF to warn the Bosnian public about the danger of mines

Where:

Bosnia

When:

1998

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Narrator’s photo

Caption

More from the Superman comic book developed by UNICEF to warn children about the danger of mines

Where:

Bosnia

When:

1998

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Narrator’s photo

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More artillery damage, two years later. Apartments are gutted and junked cars were still rusting away in the streets.

Where:

Sarajevo

When:

2000

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Narrator’s photo

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The 353rd Civil Affairs command team gathers on the flight line at Fort Bragg, NC in September 2004, ready to deploy to Doha International Air Base, Kuwait.

Where:

Fort Bragg, NC

When:

September 2004

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Narrator’s photo

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The 351st Civil Affairs Command (cell) at Saddam Hussein’s palace in Baghdad, Iraq in October 2004. LT. Colonel Moulton is in the second row, second from the right.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

October 2004

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Narrator’s photo

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Some of the members of Moulton’s Reconstruction Operations Center team gather for a photo at Saddam Hussein’s Victory Arch in the Green Zone in November 2004, during the leadup to elections.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

November 2004

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Narrator’s photo

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Lieutenant Colonel Moulton in his quarters in Baghdad’s Green Zone shortly after his arrival in country in November 2004. A Russian watch that he traded for with a Russian soldier in Bosnia is visible on his vest.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

November 2004

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Narrator’s photo

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Colonel Moulton plays golf in May 2005 with equipment a sporting goods company sent to the troops. He is outside the unit’s office building, commonly referred to as the Ziggurat Building.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

May 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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This group of Gurka Napalese guards helped provide security in the Green Zone. This photo was taken near the King of Jordan’s summer palace in early 2005.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

early 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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A 2.75 in rocket had landed only 100 yards from Moulton’s residence, located in Baghdad’s Green Zone, in the spring of 2005. LTC Moulton, on the right, stands with Sergeant Major Ireeuw of the Dutch Army.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

spring of 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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COL Moulton is on the left center, discussing South Korea’s humanitarian assistance with Embassy officials. The meeting, reflecting the wide-ranging responsibilities that Moulton’s team took on, was held at the ROC in the Spring of 2005.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

Spring of 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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From left to right, Major Stoica, from Romania, and two Iraqi interpreters met for a photo in the Reconstruction Operations Center in Baghdad’s Green Zone in the summer of 2005. Note the ROC logo behind them.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

summer of 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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This gold gilded carriage was used by Saddam Hussein for parades and ceremonies. Following the fall of the Saddam regime, the carriage was on display in Saddam’s former palace grounds in Baghdad.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

2005

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Narrator’s photo

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Dust storm on the horizon, referred to as a Haboob. John Moulton took this shot when traveling to the Baghdad International Airport in the Spring of 2005.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

spring of 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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COL Moulton with his two interpreters in May 2005 during a time when he was working with Iraqi governmental officials. Alia was Shia Muslim who spoke English well. Mr. Fahla was a Sunni Muslim.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

May 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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Dhyan Ahwan was an Iraqi civilian working in the Reconstruction Operations Center with COL Moulton. He was one of several Iraqis who invited Moulton to visit his home. Moulton presented the family with a Brazilian soccer team jersey for the boy.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

2005

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Narrator’s photo

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COL Moulton, with other members of his team, typically closed the ROC’s daily 0900 hrs. briefing by meeting with approximately twenty private security company representatives, who are seated in the front. Circa April 2005.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

Circa April 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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COL John Moulton is receiving the daily 0900 hours briefing at the Reconstruction Operations Center during the summer of 2005.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

summer of 2005

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Narrator’s photo

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Moulton watched this Iraqi gentleman faithfully cultivate plants outside the ROC building every day. Moulton later presented him with a set of gardener implements, which were much appreciated.

Where:

Baghdad, Iraq

When:

2005

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Narrator’s photo

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Specialist Brian Moulton, COL Moulton’s son who is second from the right, was an Aerial Sensor Operator during Task Force Odin. He and fellow crew members proudly display an American flag while serving in Iraq in March 2009.

Where:

Iraq

When:

March 2009

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Narrator’s photo

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COL Moulton, joined by his wife Janet, retired in July 2009 in a ceremony in Homewood, Illinois. The event culminated a thirty-two year career.

Where:

Homewood, Illinois

When:

July 2009

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Narrator’s photo



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