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Iowa Veteran Of The War In Afghanistan Reflects On His Deployment

American soldiers of the 2-502 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, participate in a memorial service for an Afghan Army officer from a partner unit who was killed in an insurgent ambush a day earlier, at Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Friday Aug. 27, 2010. American soldiers, and their Afghan partners in Zhari, operate in a district which as the birthplace of the Taliban movement holds many well-armed insurgents who blend in with an organized support network providing explosives and safe haven. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Chad Cook's family has a history of serving in the U.S. armed forces dating back to World War II. His father is a veteran of the war in Vietnam.

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Chad Cook
Chad Cook
Chad Cook

Cook is now a retired captain from the Iowa Army National Guard and served in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005.

Our goal in this series of conversations with Iowa veterans who served in Afghanistan is to focus on individual experiences of Iowans who've done all types of work in Afghanistan over the course of the 20-year war. If you served in Afghanistan and would like to share your story, please email us: rivertoriver@iowapublicradio.org.


  • Chad Cook, retired captain Iowa Army National Guard
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