So today, I go to work and on my desk are orders to wear the Iraqi Commando badge. Six years earlier in November of 2003, my team and a couple of other teams stood up the first Iraqi Commando BN. We took a bunch of rag tag Iraqis and made them into the premier fighting force in Iraq. Today they are known as the ISOF, (Iraqi Special Operations Forces). I don't know what took so long for us to get the orders or the Commando Badge, but I am glad we finally got it. We put a lot of blood and sweat into making that unit. The great thing about being SF is back when we started up this unit, I worked really close with a Kurdish LT named Tariq. This man was a great Soldier and had a lot of experience. Well the great thing is, I ran into him almost three years after the fact and he was a Major. The man worshiped the ground I walked on, and anytime we needed anything, which was rarely, he was able to provide it. This just goes to show you that Rapport matters because almost three years later Tariq remembered my first name as soon as he saw me, and we had met 300 miles north of where we first began our training in 2003. Above is a link if anyone is interested in their short history. I am glad to have been a part of it.