[September 25, 2021] Three months ago, I began writing a short narrative about my time on the battlefield of Iraq. The book is now available in Kindle or Paperback. I kept the price low and the writing is not technical. I did this to encourage anyone who wants to know what happened early in the Iraq War to understand the challenges we faced.
You can order a copy at Amazon.
As I put pen to paper, memories of those I served with came flooding back and writing became something more. That was a good thing. It made me smile. These were memories to cherish. Yesterday, the paperback book hit the shelves. Pleased do me a favor, read it and give an honest review. I promise to read every review. A few comments I’ll highlight here.
It is my story as I saw combat in Iraq for the first time. I would go on to serve three years in that country. The danger, the smells, the heat, the people … all made my time there memorable. Iraq made me into a better person.
Iraq is an ancient land. The Bible tells us Iraq was the place where Abraham lived and David fought Goliath. Iraq cannot be ignored. Its citizens are generous and happy. Sadly, there is also a dangerous element within their culture that destroys and denigrates.
That was why we were there. Members of the 1st Cavalry Division, construction engineers, fought alongside the warfighter. And we returned home with honor.
Here are a few excerpts from the Preamble:
We hear, on occasion, of heroic deeds by everyday Soldiers who put their lives on the line for their buddies in a display of unbelievable courage. We need heroes like that, and for reasons of necessity, we do indeed love our heroes. But, there are also many more stories of ordinary foot Soldiers who, along with their teammates, accomplish unimaginable feats.
Many years later, after college and commissioning as an Officer, the Army sent me to Iraq. I arrived as an experienced Lieutenant Colonel of senior military rank. I never forget the promise I made to myself, that I would help safeguard those Soldiers, the warfighters. That is precisely what I did.
This book is about my effort as a senior Officer to go to bat for those ordinary Soldiers.
You will read about what is rarely discussed, sometimes dismissed, or hidden from those who study the Iraq War. You will see that orders from “higher headquarters” are made by ordinary human beings who don’t always have the right answer. We can peek behind the curtain, look into what decisions are made and who makes them. And we will see for ourselves that not all decisions are made by commanders, that consensus or approval can be chaotic, and the outcome of a mission is unpredictable.
Perhaps the “fog of war” will be lifted just a little for you, I hope, as I discuss what went on behind the scenes. This is what the historians will not tell you.
Read my original announcement here.