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An American Commander in Iraq

Veterans' Day is coming up, and US Army Maj. James Richards, commander for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 44th MEDCOM, will be joining us from Baghdad for a chat. Major Richards, who is 60 years old, retired from the Army in 1993, but volunteered to return to active duty in May of this year. This is Richards' fifth decade of military service. We'll also hear from his wife, Angela Richards, who will join us from Huntsville, Alabama. The couple have five grown daughters, two grandsons and four granddaughters. They'll talk about Major Richards' decision to go back on active duty and his experience in Baghdad as one of the older members of the military. We invite you to submit questions for Major Richards. Please enter your questions below.



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