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: Capt. Robert (âToddâ) Sloan Brown was among the best of our company commanders. He and the soldiers he led performed magnificently in some of the divisionâs toughest and most critical operations. Indeed, some of the materials he wrote or briefed received wide currency within the division when preparing others to follow him into rough neighborhoods. It is believed his journal can serve a similar purpose for those on their way to Iraqâor someplace like it. His narrative is not thoroughly analytical nor is it always fair; but it is gripping. It provides useful discussion of tactics, techniques, and procedures as they evolved in Iraq. It also touches on the conflict between combat operations and nation building. More important, it captures the stresses of combat and corresponding emotions as they accumulate over time in a combat outfit. Understanding these could prove invaluable to those who courageously serve our nation and will continue to endure them in the long war. However, this work should also be taken in context. The timeframe was 2003 to early 2004âtactics and the environment have changed over time.