MAJ(RET) Linda Thorburn served in the Army National Guard for over 20 years as a Public Affairs Officer. She has many deployments with the service serving in area such as Iceland, Germany, Bosnia and Kosovo. The most recent deployment was with the 42d Infantry Division as part of the Information Operations Section during their tour of duty in Tikrit, Iraq. While in Iraq, MAJ Thorburn worked with the Iraqi citizens to establish a media infrastructure independent of government run subsidies. MAJ Thorburn worked with individuals and continued to build the base of independently run newspapers and radio stations to give local citizens options for their news sources.