John Moulton started his military career as an enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force in 1967, and served in Okinawa and South Korea during the Vietnam War. He left the Air Force after his tour and started a long career as a civil servant in Illinois. In 1980 he returned to the military, this time earning a commission and joining the U.S. Army Reserve. He deployed as a civil affairs officer to Bosnia in 1997-98, and deployed to Iraq in 2004-05, this time as a colonel, serving as Chief of the National Civil-Military Operations Center and Asst. Chief of Operations, Reconstruction Operations Center. He reflects extensively on both of these deployments, and on the successes and frustrations associated with civil affairs work.