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"You would have thought that their lives depended on getting this tanker unstuck." (Audio interview, 21:15)

   Rebecca Winter Jones
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War: Persian Gulf War, 1991; Iraq War, 2003-2011; Peacekeeping forces--Bosnia and Hercegovina
Branch: Army; Army; Army
Unit: 1st Armored Division; 1st Cavalry Division
Service Location: Germany; Fort Hood, Texas; Kuwait; also:
Rank: Colonel
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A graduate of the fourth class at West Point to admit women, Rebecca Jones embarked on a career as an officer in virtually every hot spot of the last 20 years, from Saudi Arabia to Kosovo to Kuwait and Iraq. She commanded a truck company in the Persian Gulf War, and she served as executive officer of a team of logisticians for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout her various assignments she was impressed with the positive attitudes of her colleagues and the willingness of everyone to pitch in to solve a problem, no matter how seemingly insignificant.

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Early days of training at West Point, taught to be a member of a team and not an individual; drawing strength from her fellow classmates undergoing through the same pressures. (01:11) Arriving in Ad Damman, Saudi Arabia, in October 1990 for Operation Desert Shield; she was commander of a truck company there; her duties in other operations. (04:00) Her closest brushes with hostile fire; as part of a convoy going into Iraq, one of her elements was under fire while the convoy was bogged down in the sand. (01:51)
In Persian Gulf War, admiring the teamwork employed to free a huge tanker stuck in the sand; in the aftermath of a rainstorm, taking a tumble face-first into a temporary lake; resolving to maintain her composure. (04:12) Shortage of supplies in most of her deployments, especially repair parts; not feeling any stress; confident of her mission and the support of her team. (01:33) Reflections on her experiences in the military; distrustful of the negative picture painted of the military in the general media. (01:05)
  
 
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