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TMCA member         returns from Iraq     Deployment.

TMCA member Arthur Couch has returned from a one year deployment to Baghdad, Iraq.

Couch is currently a member of the Military Police Corps in the United States Army Reserve. He was mobilized as an individual by order of Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina..

While in Iraq, he was involved in numerous combat patrols with the 1st Cavalry Division's historic 2-12 Cavalry Battalion from Fort Bliss, Texas. When the 1st Cavalry Division conducted Transition of Authority with the 4th Infantry Division, he became part of the 101st Airborne Division's 1-75 Cavalry Squadron, 2d (Strike) Brigade Combat Team.

He received the Bronze Star Medal by order of then Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, who had previously commanded the 4th Infantry Division when Saddam Hussein was captured. He also received the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, a second award of the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Mobilization Device, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He was also awarded the Combat Action Badge by order of General         Odierno, who is now in command of all U.S. Forces in Iraq. After demobilization at Fort Bragg in 2008, he is currently training USAR personnel for duty in Iraq, emphasizing Military Operations on Urban Terrain, Convoy Procedures, Marksmanship, and Local National Customs. When interviewed, he stated that the news media had no concept of reality in reporting on the situation in his sector as they were hesitant to accompany Cavalry Troopers into a kinetic environment, and that General Petraeus gave an accurate assessment of the situation at that time when he testified before Congress, specifically mentioning the progress being made in the sector of Baghdad where 2-12 Cavalry Battalion was operating.

He closed the interview with the comment that it was "Indeed an Honor and a Privilege to serve with the best Soldiers in the Army, the 1st Cavalry Division and the 101st Airborne Division. These are the most dedicated and brave young people you will find anywhere, and they are truly heroes."

Couch advertises  smooth Bourbon that he missed terribly while deployed.

1st Cavalry Division personnel at Iraqi Army Base near South West Baghdad.

Co-ordination meeting with Iraqi Army officials in Baghdad.

Couch and his first Interpreter interacting with local nationals.