Well, for those of you who have been watching The Real World: Brooklyn, you are well aware that Ryan Conklin recently got the dreaded phone call, informing him that he is being called back to Iraq. I was curious about whether this is still indeed true, and in my quest for knowledge, I came across an interview he did with PopWrap.
Let me start out by saying, Ryan is in fact scheduled to be shipped off April 15th. Holy Smokes! That is less than a month away! Here are a few interesting tidbits from the interview:
PW: How do you feel about going back now that your date to ship out is nearing?
Ryan: It was tough to come to terms with at first. Everything happens for a reason. I've dealt with it and there's no way out of it now. I could if I truly want to, but I still have some pride in me. All of the men in the IRR (Individual Ready Reserve) who are called up still have some pride in what we did and are willing to do it again. I have another fight in me, I'll do it again. This deployment will be what I put into it so I'm going to give it my all.
PW: Do you know where you'll be stationed this time?
Ryan: The destination is Iraq. Not sure of what my mission will be entirely but I'll be doing my old job. Infantry. Come what may. I'm an Active Duty IRR soldier attached to the North Carolina National Guard. It's a far different unit than I served with last time so I'm very optimistic, cautious, and ready.
PW: Tonight's episode sees you guys celebrating Obama's victory, what do you think about his troop withdrawal plan?
Ryan: I'm so stoked that Obama has initiated a date for troop withdrawal from Iraq. It's about time. I'll be over there close to the date but I don't think I would like to extend to be a part of the last troops there. Then again, I love to be a part of history so who knows?
PW: What message would you like to send America as you head back into the fray?
Ryan: I would like people who send me messages to stop calling me a hero. People these days use that term way too loosely. I'm not a hero, but I know a lot of them.
I don't know, Ryan. In my book, you are. God bless.
[for the complete interview, visit http://blogs.nypost.com/popwrap/archives/2009/03/real_world_shoc.html]