Military

If You Fly...Don't Crash

Title: If You Fly...Don't Crash!
Author: Charles Bailey
Genre: Military, Air Force
Reviewer: Eliot Parker

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1441541624

The author piloted Air Force heavy jets for over two decades, in peacetime and wartime. If You Fly...Don't Crash! (Confessions of a White-knuckle Pilot) highlights some of the good, the bad, and the simply silly aspects of aviation experienced during his thousands of hours airborne.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Bailey, Charles

EMBEDDED: A Marine Corps Adviser Inside the Iraqi Army

Title: EMBEDDED: A Marine Corps Adviser Inside the Iraqi Army
Author: Wesley Gray
Genre: Military, Marine Corps
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1591143403

In 2006, 1st Lt. Wesley Gray was deployed as a U.S. Marine Corps military adviser to an Iraqi Army battalion in the Haditha Triad. For 210 days, he lived and fought beside Iraqi soldiers in the most dangerous and austere province of western Iraq. Al-Anbar was filled with an insurgent population traumatized by a recent massacre of twenty-four men, women, and children shot at close range by U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of one of their comrades in a roadside bombing. Despite the high tensions created by the shootings, Gray was able to form a bond with the Iraqis because he had an edge that very few U.S. service members possess -the ability to communicate in Iraqi Arabic. His language skills and his understanding of the culture led the Iraqi soldiers to call him a brother and fondly name him Jamal. By the end of his tour he was a legend within the Iraqi Army. Gray draws on the brutally honest and detailed record he kept during his tour, including extensive interviews with Iraqi soldiers and citizens. He offers a comprehensive portrait of the struggles of the Iraqi people to make their country a nation once again and includes a compelling report on the status and prospects of the U.S. government's strategy for success in Iraq.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Gray, Wesley

U.S. Air Force Prototype Jet Fighters Photo Scrapbook

Title: U.S. Air Force Prototype Jet Fighters Photo Scrapbook
Author: Dennis Jenkins and Tony Landis
Genre: Military, Air Force
Reviewer: Hodge Wood

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1580071376

The U.S. Air Force began developing jet fighters as World War II came to a close. The Cold War that soon developed saw a significant increase in fighter production programs as America tried to counter the perceived Soviet threat. World War II's best piston-powered fighters could barely top speeds in excess of 450 mph. But the post-war jets developed by the U.S. Air Force were soon breaking the sound barrier, flying to Mach 3, and Mach-4 capable aircraft were on the drawing board. U.S. Air Force Prototype Jet Fighters details the evolution of these aircraft, using dozens of never-before-published photographs from government archives.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Jenkins, Dennis
Landis, Tony

Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet, 1948-Present

Title: Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet, 1948-Present
Author: Tommy H. Thompson
Genre: Military, Navy
Reviewer: Hodge Wood

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1580071325

Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet 1948-Present celebrates carrier-based air-to-ground attack aircraft which first came into operation during the Korean War, reached maturity during Vietnam, and are deployed today throughout the world. Well-known author and naval aviation authority Tommy Thomason not only explores such legendary Navy aircraft as the A4D Skyhawk, A3J Vigilante, and A-6 Intruder, but also the critical role of the aircraft carrier itself, for without these massive nuclear-powered floating airfields, U.S. Navy attack aircraft would have no sea-borne bases from which to operate.
Armament from gravity bombs to today's GPS-guided smart weapons are covered in great detail, and this book also explains that while many different types of airplanes were required for flying attack missions in the past, only one aircraft - the advanced F/A-18E/F Super Hornet - is needed to carry out these same missions in an even more complex and hostile combat environment today.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Thomason, Tommy H.

Immeasurable Spirit: Lessons of a wounded warrior about faith and perseverance, The

Title: The Immeasurable Spirit: Lessons of a wounded warrior about faith and perseverance
Author: LaToya Lucas
Genre: Military, Army
Reviewer: Don Arndt

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0615267602

The Immeasurable Spirit: Lessons of a Wounded Warrior about Faith and Perseverance, was written with the personal insight and experience of a person who has faced and overcome tremendous adversity. Latoya Lucas brings us face to face with our innerselves while simultaneously sharing her experiences of perseverance and faith even after suffering severe wounds from her service with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Why is it that some people are able to overcome their fears and persevere through life s adversities? By reading Latoya s story, you will come to understand how a person with faith and determination could rely on that faith when tested during an unbelievable hardship. In The Immeasurable Spirit, Latoya explains that we all have the capability to be resilient, especially when we reach out to God for his wisdom and strength. Latoya encourages readers to seek out the often difficult task of rehabilitating and strengthening the mind and spirit. Command Sergeant Major Terrance McWilliams, US Army Retired and Former 1st Army Division West and Fort Carson Command Sergeant Major says about The Immeasurable Spirit, "There have been many stories written about female experiences in combat, this is the first that focuses on how faith and family values persevere."

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Lucas, LaToya

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