Combat Wounded Warriors Gain Closure with 'Operation Proper Exit'

By Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public AffairsDecember 12, 2010

BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. William Johnson (left), Command Sergeant Major, 1st Armd. Div., U.S. Division - Center, shows wounded warriors Marine Cpl. Michael Campbell (right), a Pineville, La. native and Army Spc. Carlos Ortiz, a Seaside Heights, N.J. native, a memorial plaque inside USD-C headquarters on Camp Liberty, Iraq, Dec. 10. The plaque honors service members who died in Iraq, since the war began in 2003. Campbell, Ortiz, and five other wounded warriors returned to Iraq recently, to seek closure for a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs)
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. William Johnson (left), Command Sergeant Major, 1st Armd. Div., U.S. Division - Center, shows wounded warriors Marine Cpl. Michael Campbell (right), a Pineville, La. native and Army Spc. Carlos Ortiz, a Seaside Heights, N.J. native, a memorial plaque inside USD-C headquarters on Camp Liberty, Iraq, Dec. 10. The plaque honors service members who died in Iraq, since the war began in 2003. Campbell, Ortiz, and five other wounded warriors returned to Iraq recently, to seek closure for a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, Command Sergeant Major, 25th Inf. Div., speaks to wounded warriors who have returned to Iraq during a question-and-answer session in the U.S. Division - Center headquarters conference room, Dec. 10. The wounded warriors returned for "Operation Proper Exit," a program which seeks to give service members injured in Iraq, a measure of closure to a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs)
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, Command Sergeant Major, 25th Inf. Div., speaks to wounded warriors who have returned to Iraq during a question-and-answer session in the U.S. Division - Center headquarters conference room, Dec. 10. The wounded warriors returned for "Operation Proper Exit," a program which seeks to give service members injured in Iraq, a measure of closure to a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (left), Command Sergeant Major, 25th Infantry Division, hands a 25th Inf. Div. commander's coin to wounded warrior Master Sgt. Tom Carpenter, a Hastings, Mich. native, in the U.S. Division - Center headquarters conference room, Dec. 10, after a question-and-answer session. Carpenter and other wounded warriors returned for "Operation Proper Exit," a program that seeks to give service members injured in Iraq, a measure of closure to a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs)
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (left), Command Sergeant Major, 25th Infantry Division, hands a 25th Inf. Div. commander's coin to wounded warrior Master Sgt. Tom Carpenter, a Hastings, Mich. native, in the U.S. Division - Center headquarters conference room, Dec. 10, after a question-and-answer session. Carpenter and other wounded warriors returned for "Operation Proper Exit," a program that seeks to give service members injured in Iraq, a measure of closure to a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney R. Lewis (right), senior enlisted adviser with 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., United States Division - Center, gives a token of appreciation to wounded warrior Marine Cpl. Michael Campbell, a Pineville, La. native, Dec. 10 in the USD-C headquarters conference room, after a question-and-answer session. Campbell and other wounded warriors returned for "Operation Proper Exit," a program which seeks to give service members injured in Iraq, a measure of closure to a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs)
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney R. Lewis (right), senior enlisted adviser with 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., United States Division - Center, gives a token of appreciation to wounded warrior Marine Cpl. Michael Campbell, a Pineville, La. native, Dec. 10 in the USD-C headquarters conference room, after a question-and-answer session. Campbell and other wounded warriors returned for "Operation Proper Exit," a program which seeks to give service members injured in Iraq, a measure of closure to a difficult period in their lives. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Daniel Stoutamire, U.S. Division - Center Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL