War: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Unit: Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, 1138th Engineer Battalion; Missouri Army National Guard
Service Location: Missouri; Kuwait; Iraq; Germany
Specialist Kara Ann Kittrell enlisted in the Army two months and 17 days after the September 11th terrorist attacks, with the sole purpose of getting deployed. As she explains, she didn’t want to be a bystander to the U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. While in Iraq, she served with the 1138th Engineer Battalion. As part of an armed escort team, she traveled around much of the country, and her time there inspired a love for the Middle East. At the time of her interview, she was pursuing a degree in International Business with a certificate in Middle East studies.
We honor you, Kara Ann Kittrell.