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CMOC--Deb Hamilton




Yesterday was my first day off since arriving at BIAP (Baghdad International Airport) last Wednesday. Today is Friday and I have decided to spend several hours of my off-day on a volunteer mission to a place called the CMOC (Civilian Military Operation Center). The CMOC is located on one of the Army camps here, just inside the wire. It’s a clinic where Iraqi citizens can bring their children for free medical care. I learned about the CMOC from Senior Master Sergeant Taglieri or “Sergeant Tag” (as she’s known by most military folks). The Iraqi people call her “Jennifer.” I met SMSgt Taglieri at “The Oasis” where I have coffee every morning and write in my journal. I told her I was a writer of sorts, and she thought I’d be interested in the people at the CMOC. She was right.