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The 143rd in Iraq: Training the Iraqi Police, In Spite of It All Paperback – November 18, 2016
"As a former Commander of the 143rd MP Company (1997-1999), this bare knuckle blow-by-blow account of how my former soldiers performed so magnificently in Iraq made me proud, made me laugh, and even made me cry. It kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to read the next page, and wishing I were there with them every step of the way. Knowing MSG (retired) Youngquist as I do, this detailed and, at times, disturbing, account of the obstacles the 143rd MP Company faced is the gritty truth as only a soldier's NCO would tell it. To the soldiers of the 143rd: Well done and welcome home. I am grateful for this chronicle of your service, and proud of each and every one of you!" - Colonel (Ret.) Stephan Picard Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran "MSG Younquist has again provided invaluable service to our nation with this book. His ability to relate personnel, equipment and training to mission requirements makes "The 143rd in Iraq" a must read for military professionals and civilian leaders alike. MSG Younquist's real life experiences accurately describe the challenges leaders face today. I wish I had had this book when I was teaching in ROTC." - Major Robert E. Henry Judge Advocate, United States Army Reserve Instructor, Command and General Staff College Officer Course "When America goes to war, she sends her serving sons and daughters into harm's way for the protection of her people and the security of the nation. In doing so, she sends the strongest of the faithful, her volunteers, the people who have the hearts of lions, who leave their homes and family for the greater good of us all. And when America goes to war, she calls and asks, "Who will go?" Marc Youngquist, a former marine and serving National Guard trooper put up his hand and said, "I will." Marc has written of his Connecticut Military Police National Guard unit as they deployed and saw action in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. His is a telling story that readers rarely see-the gritty clear-eyed truth that includes the chaos of organization, the apathy of command staff, the lack of critical need-to-have equipment, and the sometimes broken-down/obsolete vehicles, weapons, communications, adverse weather and health threats-even clothing necessary to do the job. Marc writes of this and more, not in complaint or anger, but as it is and what he and his fellow MP Unit still accomplished in an active and always dangerous combat zone. Every American owes a measure of gratitude and respect for our military. Every American should read Marc Youngquist's account of our citizen soldiers and their missions-not only overcoming the challenge of a sometimes faceless enemy that uses buried and roadside car bombs, snipers, and guerilla warfare tactics to kill Americans, but how they prevailed and met the call of duty, 'In Spite of It All.'" - Bruce W. Tully Special Agent In Charge (Ret.) Senior Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Service United States Department of State "The 143rd in Iraq is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the experience of war." - A.A. Nofi Review Editor
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It is definitive for its subject, and therefore cannot be jingoistic or sugar coated. A world that most of us will thankfully never experience is described, although the human and administrative failings are transposable to things most of us have seen.
How good people deal with difficulty is also story many will relate to, as is the too common story of imperfect and sometimes failed leadership. This is a world where the author, and his fellow soldiers, lived. Some died. Many were injured. All were impacted. Most of those who were there will live with these impacts for the rest of their lives.
The reader will also see both perseverance and endurance. In that environment, this is a triumph. I was enthralled by this story of those who succeeded, “in spite of it all.”
A boy climbs out the back window of his family’s vehicle as it approaches a checkpoint in Iraq. Brandishing a toy gun he points the weapon at stunned American soldiers. Slightly smaller than an AK-47, the child’s toy chillingly resembles an actual assault rifle.
What sounds like a major movie scene is simply a sample of the countless and compelling recollections by Marc Youngquist in “The 143rd in Iraq,” (Green Frog Publishing, 2015).
Youngquist served as a military police (MP) officer with the 143rd Military Police Company of the Connecticut Army National Guard in western Baghdad, Iraq from 2003 to 2004. With than more 40 years of experience in the military, law enforcement and special investigations, Youngquist earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
His book is a behind-the-scenes story of the challenges and triumphs shared by Youngquist and his 143rd team members during a mission to recruit and train an Iraqi police force. Along with excellent photographs, Youngquist’s chronicle transports his readers on the important and historic mission of a company of Connecticut Yankees in Iraq.
- Kathy Feeney is a former Army Brat and a Journalist based in Tampa, Florida. Her 95-year-old father, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO)3, Robert F. Feeney, is a World War II veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart.
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