I was a signal officer in the 1st ID in the first Gulf War. I never fired a shot. I was always forward of the battalion, and often forward of the division. I watched a tank battle at night. I was shot at three times. Once by our own artillery, once by some ragged looking Iraqis, and once by some benighted soul in a heavy fog in Northern Kuwait. I was a combat vet. You woke up in the morning, not knowing if you were going to be shot at while you fed the troops. You ran the same risks as I. No question. You're a combat vet.
Absolutely! Please don’t think your contributions as a professional military culinary specialist is/was any less valuable than the soldier on the front line. I spent 23 years as a Civil Engineer in the AF and never fired a shot in any of the combat operations I served in yet I deployed to the Gulf more than ten times including OJC (Panama), Desert Shield, Desert Storm, OSW, ONW and OEF. Thank you for your service brother!
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