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Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton, USA “better known as “Chief Wiggles,” is the founder of Operation Give, a humanitarian organization that ships toys, medicine, and educational supplies to children in war-torn and devastated nations throughout the world.

Many became acquainted with Chief Wiggles through his detailed and inspiring wartime “blog” on the internet. As a chief warrant officer in the Army National Guard with 34 years of service, he has served as an interrogator and Korean linguist. He has been to South Korea more than 50 times, functioning as an interrogation team chief, interpreter, and debriefer of North Korean defectors He was called to the Middle East in 1991 during Desert Storm, where he interrogated dozens of Iraqis. Saving Babylon recounts his experiences in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, from the start of the war through the capture of Saddam Hussein.

 

Paul has worked for FedEx for the past 15 years, and is currently a World Wide Account Manager. He has taught supply chain management and operation management at the University of Utah and at Brigham Young University.” (insidescooplive.com) Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton is the author of Saving Babylon and Collateral Kindness.

According to the book description of Collateral Kindness, it "is the gripping, heartwarming story of US Army interrogator Paul Holton's soul-searching personal battles during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Every day, Paul faced down his enemies, but when he had to face a suffering Iraqi child behind a barbed-wire fence, his life changed. This fascinating account from the front lines illustrates the simple truth that kindness can heal even the deepest wounds."

 

According to the book description of Saving Babylon, it “is the gripping account of an Army interrogator in the Iraq War. Holton’s techniques, honed over 34 years, got him inside the hearts of Iraqis. He dealt with the best and the worst of Iraqi society on a daily basis. He interrogated Iraqi generals, judges, political candidates, POWs and common crooks. He saw freedom take root. Holton saw more good being done than the media has ever published or broadcast. It’s time Americans read that side of the story.

 

One reader of Saving Babylon said, “A truly motivational presentation by one who experienced the rigors and the challenges of military duty in Iraq. Holton's message is most poignant due to his daily involvement with the Iraqi people whose homeland is undergoing drastic change. Holton's role is to interrogate high ranking Iraqi POW's who run from those who wish to delay the work of rebuilding the shattered country to those who wish to assist positively and constructively in forming a truly functioning and vibrant Iraqi economy and society.”

 

 

One reader of Saving Babylon said, “Here we have the personal memoir of Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton, (a/k/a "Chief Wiggles") the "morale officer" in a Utah National Guard Unit. When not in uniform, Holton works as an account manager for Federal Express Corporation and travels as a missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Holton's National Guard unit reported for mobilization in February 2003. Initially stationed at a holding camp in Kuwait, Holton provided intelligence support to a battalion-level commander, whose unit participated in the southern ground invasion of Iraq. After the U.S. started the war that March, Holton conducted the extended interrogation of some fourteen Iraqi Generals who had surrendered during the early days of the invasion. Once the so called "coalition forces" pursued the war into Baghdad, Holton's role morphed slightly from interrogating high ranking prisoners to gathering information from willing Iraqi citizens. Living in the "Green Zone," Holton was one of the first American military representatives whom an Iraqi citizen with information to share, would encounter.

 

Apparently working with little supervision, Holton's team in Baghdad interviewed Iraqi citizens and helped to funnel seed money to individuals deemed deserving of coalition favoritism (thereby stimulating the local economy.) As a part of these public relations efforts, Holton maintained a blog website that helped to insure that awareness, donated items, and funds, were raised back home for Iraqi children. This effort to get candy, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toys delivered from U.S. donors into the hands of needy Iraqi children, was dubbed Operation "Give."

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