This is a must read for all Americans--an up close and personal account of duty and sacrifice by graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy in Iraq and Afghanistan. You´ll stand a little straighter when you mingle with these remarkable fellow citizens. --Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
To the Class of 2002, I thank you for sharing your stories and opening America's eyes to the challenges faced by your generation, which in my view really is the next 'greatest generation'...My advice to you is simple: Continue to listen, learn, and lead in the decades ahead. Your families and your fellow citizens are counting on you. --Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
About the Author
Joshua Welle envisioned the book while serving in Afghanistan in 2009. As USNA 2002 Class President he was hearing the details of friends in harm's way and their stories needed to be told. Executing that vision required classwide teamwork; the heavy lifting was done by co-editors John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, and Graham Plaster. Marketing efforts were led by Elizabeth Kreft, Anita Brenner, and Patrick McConnell. There are another 30 co-authors who wrote and helped during the three year process. Over 100 other members of the Class of 2002 supported the book as well.