Inside the Fortress
Inside the Fortress is a behind the scenes look at life for an Army senior enlisted leader inside the world renowned Green Zone, where author Steve Valley lived and worked from January 2004 to January 2005.
Valley served as the first sergeant of an Army Reserve Public Affairs Detachment unit made up of highly talented Soldiers that brought with them an endless onslaught of personal issues and situations that that he, and the unit's commander had to deal with on a daily basis.
Valley played leader, father, brother and friend to his Soldiers. They looked to him for answers and information while trying to survive the never ending incoming barrage of mortars, rockets and bullets.
Valley's duty station was at the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) in Baghdad's notorious Green Zone.
The CPIC was made up of nearly 70 multi-service and international military members and civilians. The CPIC's mission was writing and distributing press releases, setting up and hosting all the Coalition's press conferences, organizing the military's media embed program and performing extensive media relations with the hundreds of International and Arabic media representatives and governmental relations with top level diplomats and politicians.
Valley performed media escort duties for first media trip to the Abu Ghraib prison after the story broke in February 2004. He played a major role in preparing for the Abu Ghraib court martial proceedings held at the Baghdad Convention Center, the signing of the Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law, the transfer of sovereignty from the US to the Iraq in June 2004 and Sadaam Hussein's first court appearance the following month.
Valley also served as a media spokesperson for the major battles of Najaf and Fallujah. He dealt with every reporter that came to Iraq from CNN's Christiana Amanpour, to the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter John F. Burns to the late Peter Jennings in addition to the numerous International media outlets that needed updated information for their readers and viewers concerning Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Some of the media outlets that Valley worked with on a regular basis included the Associated Press, BBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Fox News Channel (two separate appearances on the Neil Cavuto Show), CNN, NBC, CBS and Al-Jazeera. He also worked with the CIA and FBI, White House liaisons, Department of Defense and State Department and senior Iraqi Governmental officials.
- Author: Steve Valley
- Publication Date: 2009-11-10
- Publisher: American Book Publishing
- Product Group: Book
- Manufacturer: American Book Publishing
- Binding: Paperback, 284 pages
- Item Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 75L x 500W x 800H
- Package Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 790L x 520W x 70H
- Weight: 70
- List Price: $22.00
- ISBN: 1589825667
- ASIN: 1589825667