When I took over the responsibilities as chief of records management for US Central Command in May 2009, one of my primary responsibilities was to oversee the records for the Joint Task Force Headquarters, US Forces-Iraq and US Forces-Afghanistan. For the next four years, my life became devoted to capturing, preserving, and then organizing what I believe is one of the most important document collections from the early twenty-first century, the Operation Iraqi Freedom Collection.
In the days following the end of combat operations in Iraq in September 2010, the media focused on a variety of important topics: What will Iraq look like in the post-war? How will we handle the troops coming home? Determining the costs of the war both in human and economic terms.