|Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey. Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson.|
The Army press release stated that Sgt.1st Class Bailey first deployed shortly after Islamic jihadists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
This is Bailey’s ninth deployment. He has spent over seven of the past fifteen years in the Middle East, with the vast majority of those years on the front line. Now a Sgt. 1st Class, on this tour he is back with the 101st as the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Some of the Soldiers he now leads were four years old when he was first in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan.
Since the 2001 attacks, the U.S. has fought multiple wars across the globe with no coherent strategy for victory against its primitive enemies. And this refusal to win results in American troops deploying to war zones multiple times. In some cases, such as Sgt. 1st Class Bailey, the amount of times individual troops have deployed is shocking.
Some troops enjoy deploying and many might say they would happily do so for their entire careers. But a nation has a responsibility to use its servicemen wisely. And even if some of them volunteer for nine or more deployments, should there be a point where the nation says, “That’s too much”?
The U.S. is no longer interested in winning wars. But is it interested in determining if individual troops are deploying for war too many times?
This is a question that has yet to be answered. In fact, it’s a question that has yet to be asked on the national stage.