Baghdad International Airport
October 1, 2004
His feet barely dropped on Iraqi soil when his heart started palpitating with its internal jihad. The civilians and soldiers bustled passed Fletcher Adams as he bent over slightly to pace his heart beat. His head swam in second thoughts: family and friends he left behind, music that he missed playing, and devotion to leading the youth of camping trips. Fletcher felt sick for the first time since his training as a peacekeeper six months ago. He emptied his stomach in one strong decisive heave onto the tarmac of Baghdad International Airport which just changed its name from Saddam International Airport and returned to civilian control.