Iraq War Veteran

On May 14, 2010, Conversations with American Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a conversation with former United States Army Special Forces soldier and Iraq War Veteran David Johnson, the founder of

Program Date: May 14, 2010

Program Time: 2100 hours Pacific

Topic: Iraq War Veteran

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About the Guest

David Johnson, USA “was born in Saudi Arabia because of his father’s work with the State Department. Having learned Arabic while growing up, Johnson decided to take his skill and utilize it in the United States Army.  In August of 2000, soon after he graduated from high school, he enlisted under the Army’s language program in Phoenix, AZ.   Johnson ultimately spent 6 years in the Army. He was involved in a Special Operations Unit and was deployed three times to Iraq engaged in combat operations. After spending three birthdays in Iraq, Johnson departed the service in late 2005.  

Upon his honorable discharge from the Military, Johnson returned to his hometown of Phoenix to pursue a degree from Arizona State University.  After being separated from the military for only one full day, he immediately realized how much he missed the Army, his buddies, and just how little he belonged to the place that used to be called “home.”  

 It took several months, but Johnson realized that in most of his classes there were “Veterans”.  Men and Women just like him who faithfully served, departed the service, and were now going to school.  After the realization that there were fellow “brothers in Arms” in the same classes and instantly forming that bond, stronger friendships emerged than those he ever had with his friends from high school.  In 2009 Johnson was told that there were 600,000 plus veterans in the Phoenix area.  He thought to himself, “Why do I only know about 30 of them?” And a light bulb suddenly came on, and he thought “There has to be a better way for veterans to connect!”   To fill the gap, David Johnson formed

About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is Police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life. American Heroes Radio brings you to the watering hole, where it is Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Public Safety Technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

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Program Contact Information

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA



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