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Probably the most unstereotypical Soldier you’ll meet
The U.S. military’s most popular radio host in Iraq downs her last swig of coffee at 9:53 a.m., slings a pistol over her shoulder and steps into the makeshift studio with five minutes to spare. She slips on a headset and grabs a puffy microphone from a desk drawer, standing before a bank of three flat-screen monitors and a large sound control board. This is 107.7 on the FM dial, known to U.S. soldiers as Freedom Radio, and it’s time for country music. “We’re gonna get it started with LeAnn Rimes and some Kenny Chesney, who you all know I love,” says Spec. Kristen King, 21, her sugary twang a product of her Shreveport, La., upbringing. “And don’t forget the phone calls, y’all. They’re the greatest.” A reservist halfway through a journalism degree at Louisiana State University, King is energetic and apple-cheeked, with a tireless smile. She wears desert camouflage fatigues, and her straight brown hair is pulled tightly behind her head.
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