A Nightmare’s Prayer

A Memoir I highly recommend “A Nightmare’s Prayer” by Mike Franzak. It is a wonderful memoir of the early days of the Afghanistan campaign. You get the feeling you are with him as you go through the deployment from Yuma, AZ to Bagram. I was shocked to learn that the Harrier aircraft cannot take off… Continue reading A Nightmare’s Prayer

Predator: The Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot’s Story

A Great Story Wow! This is one well-written book. The story is well told. The book is surprisingly interesting exceeding my expectations. Flying Airplanes From Half a World Away My thought going in is a book about flying remote control airplanes from half a world away? No way this could be interesting. What I found… Continue reading Predator: The Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot’s Story

Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004

  Shiites and Sunnis The year was 2004. During the spring and summer violence inundated the Iraqi nation. The nation’s Shiites and Sunnis headlined the sectarian fighting. The disbanding of the Army of Iraq by the United States Proconsul fueled the situation. The results of the United States Proconsul’s actions were the infusing of many scores of angry… Continue reading Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004

Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004 by Dick Camp

The year was 2004. During the spring and summer the Iraqi nation was overwhelmed with violence. The nation’s Shiites and Sunnis headlined the sectarian fighting. The Army of Iraq had been disbanded by the United States Proconsul. The results of his actions were infusing a large number of angry young men into the streets of… Continue reading Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004 by Dick Camp

Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom by LTG (Ret.) William G. Boykin and Lynn Vincent

Few people have been involved in as many significant US military operations over the past three decades as has LTG (ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin. From being a founding member of the Delta Force to commanding all US Army Special Forces he shows that a person can be a committed Christian and a soldier. Co-written… Continue reading Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom by LTG (Ret.) William G. Boykin and Lynn Vincent

Love My Rifle More Than You by Kayla Williams

Love My Rifle More Than You by Kayla Williams is about being a young female in the US Army and her deployment to Iraq for a year with the 101st Airborne. Kayla Williams was an Arabic linguist. Thirty-four years ago, I came off active duty as an US Army officer. Ms. Williams’s book made me… Continue reading Love My Rifle More Than You by Kayla Williams

Exit Plan by Mike Sixsmith

It took me a several chapters to get into “Exit Plan” by Mike Sixsmith. My ignorance of Arab names, customs and the geography became apparent when I started reading the book. This contributed to my original lack of understanding of what was taking place and my difficulty of initially getting into the book.  I am… Continue reading Exit Plan by Mike Sixsmith

Poem: All Across The United States

All Across The United States “Why are we still over there?” I asked the Commander-in-Chief. “Why are still in Afghanistan? With Osama bin Laden dead,” The Media worship our Leader. While the FOX waits for him to slip. “I want truthful answers, No more straddling the fence, The political jargon has to go, I need… Continue reading Poem: All Across The United States

Rule Number Two – Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

Tales of the fearsome camel spider are told throughout Iraq. In truth, it is about the size of a human hand, and it is quite fast. It runs at five miles an hour, sometimes even more, determined to stay in a newfound shadow – a slow-moving Humvee, for example, or a clinical psychologist on her… Continue reading Rule Number Two – Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor From the American Revolution to Today

With Black History Month just a couple of weeks away “Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor From the American Revolution to Today” commemorates the achievements by African-Americans in the United States military from the American Revolution to the present. I loved the perfect blend of paintings, photography and prose to tell this story.… Continue reading Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor From the American Revolution to Today