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Soldier of Finance by Jeff Rose

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WEEK 5

LAND NAVIGATION CERTIFICATION—IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS

“This isn't good.”

Those were not words I wanted to hear, and coming from an experienced Navy SEAL, they were especially ominous. We were in the middle of Baghdad, far outside our normal operating area, in the middle of the night.

One of my squad's primary assignments was to protect a high-ranking Iraqi official. Any time he needed, or wanted, to go somewhere, we were to escort him. This night in particular, he was to make an appearance at a bank that had been attacked. We received the call at two o'clock one morning. From a dead sleep, we had twenty minutes to be ready and out the gate. ...

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