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Afghan Soldier Describes The Hardships Endured And Accomplishments Of Her Military Career

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Ben Kieffer speaks to a former Navy aviation mechanic, Maria Berdecia, continuing a series of conversations with Iowa Veterans who've served in Afghanistan. Then a check-in with University of Iowa epidemiologist Dr. Melanie Wellington on the rise in cases of COVID-19.

On this edition of River to River, former Navy aviation mechanic Maria Berdecia of Davenport talks about her experience in the U.S. Navy and being stationed in the Middle East. Berdecia is the latest conversation in our "Leaving Afghanistan" series.

Later, new COVID-19 cases are rising in all 50 states and our neighbor to the south, Missouri, is a hotspot. How big is the threat from the Delta variant? Epidemiologist Dr. Melanie Wellington, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics explains the precautions the public needs to take, vaccinated or not, and the remaining threat COVID-19 poses in Iowa.


  • Maria Berdecia, E-5, Petty officer 2nd class, aviation machinist's mate, second class, United States Navy
  • Melanie Wellington, epidemiologist, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa