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Ellensburg soldier home from Iraq

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ELLENSBURG, Wash--You could feel the excitement when Lieutenant Colonel Don Meseck walked into his homecoming party.

Although he works in intelligence, his colleagues at Central Washington University still managed to surprise him.   Lieutenant Colonel Meseck had previously served 34 years of military service.  But a year ago he got the call that his country needed him to come out of retirement and serve once again.  He spent the next 12 months in Iraq helping the country to rebuild its economy.

He had this to say about his work overseas.  " A lot of bad things still occur.  But every indicator I've seen compared to 3, 4 years ago, Iraq is making huge strides in the right direction."

One of the strides the Lieutenant Colonel is talking about are the recent elections in Iraq. President Obama said yesterday this shows that 'the future of Iraq belongs to the people of Iraq".  Meseck is a decorated soldier whose awards include the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star.

It should also be noted that Lieutenant Colonel Meseck did not have to agree to go to Iraq.  He made the choice to serve again.