Citizen Soldier tells the dramatic story of the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Thunderbirds Brigade and its deployment to one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan during the height of the war.
The film is a heart pounding, grunt’s eye view that offers an intimate look into the chaos and horrors of combat, as well as the bravery and valor these soldiers display. Citizen Soldier also highlights the extraordinary and unprecedented role the National Guard played in the post-9/11 wars.
As Guard members, the men and women profiled in the film are one day working 9-to-5 jobs and the next find themselves on the front lines of war. One is Sgt. Eran Harrill, a born leader, college student and devoted single father who also heads up his local Chamber of Commerce. When Eran’s unit is called up, however, he has to put his many civilian responsibilities on hold.
Through the use of multiple cameras, Eran and his fellow soldiers capture the day-to-day life of their unit, which participated in some of the most violent battles of the war. Citizen Soldier encapsulates this excruciatingly personal look into brotherhood and combat during a life-changing tour of duty.