A Soldier Talks About Golf in Iraq

After we learned about "Operation Iraqi Putting Green," we emailed some questions to Major John McBrearty, executive officer of the 1st Battalion, 185th Armor Regiment of the California National Guard, to find out more about it and him. Major McBrearty is 44 years old, and he has a wife and two children back home in Riverside, California. His wife Lynette (they will have been married 21 years come Christmas) is an elementary school teacher and former ballet dancer. Their daughter Kristina, 19, is a pre-med student at University of California Riverside, while their John Jr., 3, received his first set of baby golf clubs at the age of 8 months.

Where exactly are you located in Iraq?



What inspired you to create the driving range?



Do you get to go out to play it often?



What's your handicap?



Tell us about your background and where you're originally from.





How long have you been deployed in Iraq?



How long have you been in the National Guard?

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