The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, sent Travis to Afghanistan, where he received a Bronze Star after fighting behind enemy lines. He then was stationed in Germany. At the time of his death, he was serving with the 1st Brigade, First Armored Division in Iraq.
Most of the work he was doing in Iraq is classified as it was his duty to go into many a sheik’s home, sharing meals and conversations. He could talk about history, politics, and archaeology, and he used his people skills to converse with many people in their native language.
Travis developed a powerpoint presentation that explains his ideas on how to win the war. It’s eighteen slides long and he wrote it on a 4th grade level, so that anyone he showed it to could understand what he was trying to do.
He, and two others, were killed Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, after a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq.
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