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Documentary about Oklahoma Nat'l Guard, "Citizen Soldier" Features Local Soldier

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DURANT, OK -- A recent feature film capturing the experience of combat in Afghanistan is flying off retail shelves.

"Citizen Soldier" is a documentary told through the eyes of Oklahoma guard soldiers.

The 95 minute documentary was filmed in 2011, during a deployment mission by the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Purple Heart recipient, retired Staff Sergeant Colt Floyd of Durant was part of that mission.     

A powerful film shot by the soldiers themselves, immersing you into the grueling and dangerous situations they often face.

A passion to serve is what began a decade long military career for 33-year old Colt Floyd.

"I have a love for God and country and my family," said Floyd.

Floyd is a retired Oklahoma Army National Guard Staff Sergeant.  

In 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan on a tour of duty that changed the course of his life.

"Knowing you were going to be responsible for some other human beings definitely hyped up that role for me," said Floyd.

For 10 months, Floyd and his band of brothers and sisters were on the front line.

"Our job during that deployment was disruption operation, so we engaged the Taliban pretty regularly," said Floyd.

Those heart-pounding moments, all captured on video, and turned documentary, called "Citizen Soldier."

The footage shot by the soldiers themselves.

"We were able to compile well over 1000 of hours of footage cam from IED blasts to firefights," said Floyd.

And even after five years, for Floyd his time in combat is still clear as day.

Recalling one of his scariest moments, when he and his company were ambushed by the Taliban.

"I thought that was the day, not just myself but some other guys were going to meet their maker," he said.

The day, Floyd took injuries to his brain and legs, and lost a fellow soldier, 28-year old Mycal Prince.

"It was a tough loss, and certainly an unfortunate part of combat," said Floyd.

National guards are often called upon during state emergencies, but that all changed after 9/11.  

"The role from being a state obligated force changed into a federal role, where they were deploying combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Floyd.

A role, Floyd hopes people will better understand through the film, and support the men and women who put their lives on the line.

During the 96 day deployment, 14 soldiers lost their lives.

If you're interested in purchasing the documentary, Citizen Soldier is available at Wal-Mart, Amazon, and iTunes.

For more information, click here for the films Facebook page.

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