| Krystyna R. Kalski
Krystyna Kalski 
|Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present
933rd Military Police Company
Chicago, Illinois; Iraq
Specialist Krystyna R. Kalski joined the Army National Guard in October 2001, even after her father told her that the Army was inappropriate for women. Motivated by a sense of pride and honor in serving and by the military's educational benefits, Kalski was unaware of just how quickly she would be deployed to Iraq after her initial Military Police training. Using colorful language, Kalski describes her every day life as a soldier, going on missions and making quick decisions, her equipment and uniform, the basic necessities she missed, and the toll deployment takes on soldiers.