From the farms and fields of Arkansas to the deadly streets of Baghdad, Off to War tracks the citizen soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard as they come face to face with the horror of war.
Never before has a single unit of soldiers been followed from the beginning to the end of their deployment at war. In April 2004, filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud arrived in Iraq with the Arkansas National Guard during one of the bloodiest months to date. Within twenty-four hours of their arrival, one of the guardsmen lay dead. By the end of the first month, the unit had lost more soldiers than any other National Guard Brigade in Iraq.
From actual scenes of full-scale combat to a soldier's funeral, from the birth of a first child to the heartbreaking return home of a critically injured soldier, Off to War tells the story of a war in a way it has never been told before--through the eyes of the soldiers and families back home who endured it.
Episode 6 of 10
With Iraqis now in charge of the government, the Arkansas National Guard works alongside the Iraqi security forces on all of their missions. The soldiers become suspicious of corruption, then fall into an ambush and suspect the Iraqi Police. After an intense firefight caught on tape, Sergeants Curtis Rohrscheib and David Short investigate the Iraqi Police for infiltrators. Back home in Arkansas, Sergeant Joe Betts tries to save his marriage and is detailed to answering phones and taking out the trash at the Clarksville Armory while he continues physical therapy. Specialists Matt Hertlein and Tommy Erp return home to Arkansas for two weeks of R&R and tell families and friends of their frustrations with the mission in Iraq. Sergeant Curtis Rohrscheib comes home for the birth of his son Garrett, but then has to say goodbye to his heartbroken family as he returns to Iraq for the remainder of his duty.