OTF Soldier Story for September 27, 2010 - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Theodore Mozeleski
Current Unit: 368th Military Intelligence Battalion
Current Position: Military Intelligence Analyst
Component: Army Reserve
Current Location: Oakland, Calif.
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.
Years of Service: 23
While Chief Warrant Officer 2 Theodore Mozeleski was deployed, he led a team of several Soldiers responsible for collecting and accessing intelligence information gathered throughout central Iraq. Military intelligence operations ensure that Soldiers on the front lines have accurate and current information regarding enemy activity. Military intelligence analysts, such as Mozeleski, play a crucial role in providing that information.
“We had a 24-hour operation in place, and it was our mission to keep American and Iraqi commanders informed on enemy plans and activities as well as potential threats, both present and future,” he said.
From 2009 to 2010, Mozeleski and his team provided Army personnel in theater with details about enemy forces and potential battle areas. That information was used to determine security priorities and plan missions. As a team leader for six Soldiers and two civilians, Mozeleski was responsible for reviewing all intelligence reports for the Baghdad and Anbar provinces in the central and western regions of Iraq.
While military intelligence is always critical, Mozeleski’s role was especially important during the June 2009 drawdown of U.S. military forces in Iraq.
“It was exciting because it was a historic time, as the Iraqis began to take over more control. And it was rewarding because I worked with very capable subordinates. Due to the talent of our team, we accomplished good things, and I know Iraq was a safer place because of our efforts,” said the Bronze Star Medal recipient, who received his medal for meritorious service and leadership.
As a young child, Mozeleski recalls seeing photos of his father overseas, and he knew from an early age that he, too, wanted to serve his country in the military.
“One of the reasons I enlisted in the Army was because I wanted to be a part of history. My father was part of history when he served in World War II, and I believe I also participated in history as I was deployed during an integral year of America helping Iraq,” he said.
With more than two decades of service in the Army, Mozeleski has always worked in military intelligence. Five years ago, he graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School to further advance his military intelligence training and capabilities.
In the future, Mozeleski hopes to have the opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan and looks forward to the opportunity to mentor and serve alongside the next generation of Soldiers.
“As one of the older deployed Soldiers, I respect the motivation, analytical aptitude and technical savvy of the Generation X and Y Soldiers,” he said. “Solders across generational lines worked well together and respected the strengths and contributions of each other.”.
A graduate of North High School and California State University at Dominguez Hills, Mozeleski resides in Torrance, Calif., with his wife and son.