Derek Patrick Bonaldo
Class of 1988
In 2006, Bonaldo deployed to help train and support Iraqi policemen. As a logistics military advisor with an 11-man Iraqi police transition team, it was Bonaldo’s job to advise the Iraqi national police leadership on the logistics of battlefield procedures – including preparation, training, and combat operations. Bonaldo also served as the logistics liaison between the national police and Coalition forces.
During his year in Iraq, Bonaldo worked from bases in Baghdad, Kadhimiy, and Taji. As part of the transition team, he frequently went out on missions with the policemen, oftentimes encountering enemies who attacked with IEDs, small arms, and mortars. Fortunately, Bonaldo’s team did not lose anyone.
Upon returning to the United States, Bonaldo said that “the most gratifying part of my deployment was receiving positive feedback from the Iraqi people for how grateful they were for the job we are doing there.”
For his work, Bonaldo received the Bronze Star in February 2007.
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