by Josh Manning
Manning is military veteran, and state civil rights investigator who is running as a Democrat for Montana Senate District 40 in Helena.
I spent my thirtieth birthday at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, about an hour north of Baghdad, Iraq. The previous months of my first deployment to Iraq in 2004 consisted of near daily rockets and mortars raining down while walking to work, the gym, or just to the bathroom. Eventually it became background noise then after we reduced the threat things grew quieter.