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PhotoJournalist embedded with Minnesota National Guard

Photojournalist Eric Bowen embedded with the Minnesota National Guard's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry over the course of eight, mid-February days in Fallujah, Iraq

Mr Bowen flew into Kuwait from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and from Kuwait, hopped whatever military flight he could, in whatever conditions to make it to Camp Fallujah, which is in Al Anbar Province, Iraq Stopping in Baghdad and getting a ride to Fallujah via helicopter, Mr Bowen finally arrived at his destination Feb 8

According to Mr Bowen's web-log (blog), http://ericiniraq.blogspot.com/, Company B, 2-136 Soldiers were patrolling around Camp Fallujah, during the first day of his embed reporting, Feb 9

Feb 10, while a change of command ceremony was occurring, in which one Marine force transferred authority to another, Company B Soldiers were engaging the enemy to prevent them from launching indirect fire attacks into the camp With the assistance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Company B Soldiers engaged 6 men in a blue "bongo." flat-bed truck who were digging holes for Improvised Explosive Devices next to the road During that day, Mr Bowen reported that Guard Soldiers detonated two IEDs and disarmed another eight

US Marine Col George Bristol, the outgoing commander, had high praises for the unit in general, but especially thanked them for their operations during the ceremony His comments were captured by Mr Bowen and posted on his blog, as well as www.YouTube.com

Sunday, Feb 11 was a down day for Mr Bowen's blog, as he was working on larger articles

Throughout the rest of his stay with Company B, Mr Bowen blogged several stories, including a human interest story regarding one of Company B's interpreters, Max, who was trying to acquire US citizenship Mr Bowen conducted radio interviews with WTIP North Shore radio, and submitted multiple comprehensive photo essays of the Company B Soldiers in action to his photography website http://photosscrappydog.com/

Mr Bowen stayed with the unit through their move from Camp Fallujah to Logistical Support Area Anaconda, where Company B joined the rest of the 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry

While experiencing everything from combat-related technical difficulties, to indirect-fire mortar attacks, Mr Bowen continued his service to the Soldiers and families of the unit, and to the state of Minnesota, by keeping all of his photos, podcasts, stories and videos current and comprehensive

Mr Bowen's blog can be viewed at http://ericiniraqblogspot.com/ and his photos can be viewed at http://photosscrappydog.com/

Feb 28, 2007
By Cpl Joe Roos

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