Dwayne Paro welcomes Michael Zacchea to today’s podcast. Mike was a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1990. He deployed to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope and to Haiti for Operation Support Democracy. In March 2004, as a Major, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. His team’s mission was to build, train and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. The battalion participated in Operation Phantom Fury, the 2nd battle of Fallujah. Mike’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (with Valor device) (with gold star in lieu of 2nd awrd), the Purple Heart Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon and numerous unit and campaign awards.