American troops have been leaving Iraq this month, as President Obama adheres to the schedule for ending the war and the task of rebuilding the country which began nine years ago.
The operation cost more than $820 billion and claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 American service men and women. Of that total, 92 were Wisconsin residents, including Marine Cpl. Bobby Warns II. Warns was a 1999 graduate of Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School and was killed in action in 2004.
Pat Farrell is an assistant principal at the school. He says America's withdrawal from Iraq has caused him to reflect on a student he knew well and other young people who lost their lives serving the country.