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Donovan Campbell, Author of 'Joker One,' Talks About His Time in the Marine Corps

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The United States Marine Corps have been heavily engaged in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan following the fateful attack on September 11, 2001. Since then, Marines are serving multiple deployments to both theatres, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq). Included within that are members of both the Active Duty force and those selected individuals in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).

Many Marines, including those in the Infantry, encountered deadly opposition on their tours of duty. The ongoing efforts to fight an insurgency while sustaining non-combat operations have created dynamic warfighters. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps field prime examples of this highly adaptive and leadership that is seen oversees.

Captain Donovan Campbell is one of those leaders. Having deployed three times to both combat theatres, Donovan has seen it all. From major combat operations in Iraq in 2003 to Special Forces operations in Afghanistan, Donovan tells all in his book Joke One, which details his times as an Intelligence Officer, Platoon Leader and advisor to the Special Forces.

The Marines have always groomed leaders for combat, and in turn great civilian leaders are also created when an individual leaves the service. The general leadership traits that are taught to all military officers and non-commissioned officers directly transpire into the civilian world. Listen in as Donovan talks about his experiences in the Marine Corps and now in the civilian world and about trials of combat that led to his book Joker One.

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