On July 2, Powers, a squad leader in the 118th Military Police Company out of Fort Bragg, and his unit were called to investigate a report of a late afternoon explosion in a Baghdad neighborhood. For the unit, it wasn't anything they hadn't seen before. They were on their second tour of duty in Iraq to train Iraqi police officers.
The explosion was minor and Powers walked away from the area to deal with the crowd that had gathered.
It was then that Powers felt something hit his head.
"I wondered briefly if I had been shot," he says.
In reality, Powers had been stabbed in the head. And the nine-inch knife was still stuck into the right side of his cranium.