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Photojournalist embeds with 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry

Photojournalist Eric Bowen returned to Minnesota at the end of February after embedding with the Minnesota National Guard's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry in Camp Fallujah, Iraq

Mr Bowen worked with the Minnesota National Guard, as well as several other organizations to coordinate the embed Pulling what funding he could from outside contributors, and pooling his own money, Mr Bowen successfully captured gritty, day-to-day, combat operations of the Soldiers of Company B, who are attached to a US Marine unit

The trip took him through Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Kuwait and finally into Iraq All along the way, Mr Bowen faithfully updated his web-log (blog), http://ericiniraq.blogspot.com, with up-to-date status reports of his operations, as well as some of the best photos that have been captured of Minnesota National Guard Soldiers in action in Iraq

The focuses of the embed photo essays were on operations in the field, but also captured the true lifestyle of Soldiers and Marines in combat As a Minnesota native, Mr Bowen's special interest was on his fellow Minnesotans However, often his photos captured Marines as well, since Company B, is working so closely with the Marine Corps in Fallujah

Mr Bowen markets his products to news organizations, but he reiterated that the importance of his mission was much greater than just a profit

"I've been getting some nice emails from the family members of Minnesota National Guard Soldiers in Iraq, who are becoming aware of what I'm doing," wrote Mr Bowen in one of his blogs "This is the sort of thing that really reinforces my resolve that this is a worthwhile project!"

MinnesotaNationalGuardorg will feature specifics of Mr Bowen's operations with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry in Fallujah, Iraq Eric Bowen's blogs and podcasts can be read and heard at http://ericiniraq.blogspot.com, and his photos can be linked to from his blog or can be viewed at http://photosscrappydogcom/Military/288386

27Feb07
By Cpl Joe Roos

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Photojournalist Eric Bowen discusses his operations in Iraq while he is embedding with the Minnesota National GuardA��,��"�s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry.
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