Mazin Mozan was born July 31, 1982, to an average Iraqi family that believed in education and professional careers. Mazin was fluent in English and Arabic, when the Iraq War started in 2003, so he worked as a part time interpreter while completing his senior year in college. Upon graduating, he focused completely on being a linguist for Coalition Forces. His family was under constant threat and extreme risk by insurgents. Mazin was forced to stay on base with the troops because every time he traveled home, insurgents attempted to kill him. His U.S. teammates convinced him to apply for a special immigrant Visa. On September 17, 2007, he arrived in Huntsville, Alabama, where Colonel Jim Bowie, his former commander in Iraq, and Colonel Dustin Awtrey, Bowie’s deputy, welcomed him with open arms. He was offered a job as an Arabic linguist and deployed to Iraq once again, eventually deciding to enlist in the U.S. Army. During this time, he met his now-wife Sarah. Together they have two children, Mariam and Youssif. Mazin eventually transitioned into the U.S. Army Reserves, where he trained to become a cardiovascular technologist. He currently works at the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, as a contractor and is now a commissioned officer.