Interview Date: December 9, 2010
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In this interview, graduate student Annette Bickett talks about her experiences as a Marine Corps Air Support Officer. The daughter of a United States Marine Corps veteran and a Danish mother, Bickkett was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Denmark with her mother at the age of twelve. After graduating from college with a business degree, she returned to Houston, Texas after 9/11. Bickett joined the Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia. Her commission as an officer in 2004 led to two deployments to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bickett discusses what it was like to spend the majority of her time in a C-130 and the differences between her and the forces on the ground in Iraq. In addition, Bickett talks about her difficulties returning to the United States and her decision to attend the Patterson School at the University of Kentucky.
School: University of Kentucky
Major: Concentrating on Security and Diplomacy at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Service: United States Marine Corps
Wars Served: Operation Iraqi Freedom