Sitting Down with Lance Corporal Brian Wiley, USMC

Mayor John Ostenburg, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Villager Manager Judi Lancaster, and Lance Cpl Brian D. Wiley, USMC. (ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Lance Corporal Brian Wiley has served two tours in Iraq. At 21 years of age, he's seen more pain and violence than most see in a lifetime. He is prepared to serve again. A native of Park Forest, graduate of Rich East High School, Wiley shared with eNews Park Forest his fidelity to the Marines, his service in Iraq, and his thoughts on Park Forest.

Lance Cpl. Wiley received a Certificate of Recognition for his service to the country from the Village of Park Forest at a recent board meeting. Mayor John Ostenburg commented, "The Village is trying to recognize, whenever possible, local residents who are serving their country."

Wiley said he always felt drawn to the military, "My dad always watched those war movies with me, and I always wanted to be in [the military] since I was a little kid.  I didn't do too well at school because I didn't realize what an opportunity education was at the time.  Now that I'm looking back at it, I'm seeing education was a great thing."

"I joined the military because that's what I always wanted to be since I was a little kid," he says. "I felt like I belonged there. I just wanted to be proud of something in my life.  I played soccer, I traveled all over the United States with soccer, but I never felt that I actually belong to something.  So, July 12 of 2004, I went to boot camp, came out of boot camp into infantry training, trained in the infantry.  February 4 of '05, I went into my unit 2/7 Gulf 3rd Platoon." 

2/7 refers to the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, out of Twenty-Nine Palms, California.

Lance Cpl. Wiley was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, on July 5, 2005. While in Fallujah, Wiley was involved working ECDs,  “Entry Control Points.” 

"Entry Control Points are points around the city of Fallujah to control how many people we let in and what we let in.  We search people, and we search their vehicles.”

Widely described the ECDs as roads broken up by concrete barriers so that cars were forced to slow down, driving in a serpentine path.

“It's a way to slow down traffic.  Instead of having them speeding in, having some bombers who tried to blow themselves up, we have Jersey barriers, concrete blocks that they have to drive around.  So they have to slow down."

“We checked their identification, because everybody in all of Iraq, actually in the Al-Anbar Province in Iraq, has a badge.  We've issued badges out to them.  Some of them don't have them.  The Iraqi army actually checks the vehicles.  It's safer for the US troops.  We train the Iraqis to search the vehicles."

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