Sergeant First Class Michael Rubish of the 1st Infantry Division (“The Big Red One”)
returned from Iraq in November, 2005, following a one-year tour.

Sgt. Rubish is the son of District Justice Michael Rubish, and he is a life-long resident of Perryopolis. Michael has been serving in the Army for 12 years.
During his tour in Iraq Michael was stationed at Forward* Operating Base “Summerall” in Bayji and at the remote* Patrol Base “Tinderbox.” Michael and his unit were responsible for providing security and guidance for the first two general elections in Iraq. Michael personally coordinated with Iraqi police and Army units to provide security for polling places and secure ballot transport. His other duties included company-level planning, combat operations, and intelligence gathering.

In Bayji

Another Bayji Photo

In Ash-sharquat
There is a theme emerging here. An essential -- and dangerous -- part of a soldier’s duties is public relations. The children of Iraq have suffered greatly in this war, as do the children of every war, and a helping hand and a friendly smile mean a great deal.

The Keystone State
on the ground in Iraq

Finally, the Pennsylvania State Flag flies over a revetment
at an air base in Iraq.
*Translation: In time of war, “forward” and “remote” are Army talk for
“surrounded by the enemy.”
 
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