"We've got airmen doing convoy-escort missions [and] they guard bases. We've got airmen doing police-transition training — so they have to learn new skills," said Command Sgt. Maj. Mellinger, who constantly crisscrossed Iraq in his souped-up Humvee.
Iraq war forcing U.S. Army to adapt →
"I have a hard time understanding the current political wind of a timeline. I have done my part, but part of me will be sad because I did not see this thing through," he said.