Judith K. Boyd joined the Army in 1991, at 20 years old. As she watched the news of the UN arms inspectors and listened to U.S. rhetoric, she decided that as soon as she could she would seek a government job that would help shape policy rather than execute it. Boyd left active duty in 2004 and went to work for the Department of Homeland Security.
In her words, “The war I was involved with was very different than the one going on today. We were essentially snuck into the Middle East under the guise of a training exercise but we knew we were there to prepare for war. I went to bed on March 22, 2003 in all this gear and the next morning, woke up to see on CNN that the war had begun. The Iraqi missiles came at us all throughout the day and night for the first week of the war. We trained over and over again how to put on our masks; the muscle memory helped when the brain was fuzzy with sleep and nervousness.”