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    Solider brings 'stress therapist' kitty out of Iraq
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    Associated Press
    Jul. 13, 2004 08:55 AM


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fort Carson Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team had a mission: Saving Pvt. Hammer.

    Pfc. Hammer is an Iraqi tabby cat the unit adopted after he was born last fall at a base in Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad.

    When Bousfield found out his unit was leaving Iraq in March, he decided he couldn't leave a member of his team behind.

    "He has been through mortar attacks," said Bousfield, a 19-year Army veteran. "He'd jump and get scared liked the rest of us. He is kind of like one of our own."

    Pfc. Hammer got his name from the unit that adopted him, Team Hammer. Soldiers would tuck Hammer in their body armor during artillery attacks, and in return, Hammer chased mice in the mess hall.

    "He was a stress therapist," Bousfield said. "The guys would come back in tired and stressed. Hammer would come back and bug the heck out of you. He wiped away some worries."

    The kitten earned his rank after nabbing five mice.

    Read more here: http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0713iraq-cat-ON.html
     
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    Nice to hear something good come out of there once in awhile.
     
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    I wonder if PETA has some issues with this. They'll probably accuse the U.S. military of animal exploitation or some crap like that.
     
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    Wouldn't that qualify him as an Ace? :p:
     
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    yeah, probably "KITnapping"
     
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    I was thinking along similar lines. How does five mice warrant Pfc.? You would think at least E-5 - is that SSG in the Army as well?
     

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