CIRI shareholder Natalie Wood, who was profiled in the January 2006 issue of the Raven’s Circle newsletter, returned from deployment in Iraq in August 2010. Natalie, who worked as shareholder liaison and records coordinator for CIRI’s Shareholder Relations Department from 2005 to 2007, enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2007.
Natalie is the daughter of Norm Wood and CIRI shareholder Eleanor Wood. Her first year of military service consisted of basic combat training, advanced individual training, airborne school and language school in Farsi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Washington University.
Natalie was deployed to Iraq in January 2010. She calls the most challenging aspect of her military experience so far the survival, evasion, resistance and escape training she received. “The most rewarding experience I’ve had with the military was when I met with Iraqi women and children during the Military Civilian Medical Operation,” said Natalie.
Natalie says that her experience in the military has been very positive. “I’ve enjoyed working with highly trained, dedicated professionals. I consider it a great honor to serve my country and will always be thankful for the opportunity and experience.”
Natalie is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.