PORTLAND, Ore. -- Conventionally, conference sessions serve a purpose of further orienting participants into the accepted language and landscape of a shared profession. More rarely does a conference session for a professional association feature the opposite goal – to thoroughly rip apart the rhetoric and deconstruct a field’s founding myth.
Through eArmyU, the Army's online education program for soldiers, some 55,000 soldiers stationed in the Middle East are able to further their educations. Soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq didn't have that option, however, as the area -- known for its roadside bombings and other attacks -- was deemed too dangerous for the non-combat personnel who make eArmyU work on the ground. But now class is in session for about 100 Army National Guardsmen stationed at Forward Operating Base Speicher, in Tikrit.