2017 Pencraft Award Winner by AuthorsReading This journal is as raw, personable and forthright as any you will read. Mills takes you through his daily routine and at times grind - the ups, the downs, the quiet and the harrowing experiences he lived through. Mills not only covers the military side and life of a soldier, but also the personal feelings and longings for home and family. This journal brings you to a personal level with Mills, and does a great job of enlightening the reader of what our helicopter pilots and other military endure in war. Great read!!!
20th Century Aviation Magazine The author [of this review] (John Stemple) thanks Robert Mills for granting him an interview and his military service. Robert Mills is deserving of a salute for his service and forthcoming honesty. It is the author’s hope that readers will be inspired by Robert’s dedication, devotion to family and country, and buoyed by his successful dealing with struggles caused by PTSD.
RotaryWingShow Robert deployed to Iraq the first time fresh out of flight school and learnt on-the-job. In the book you get an immersion into the routine of combat flying ops and what it was like for aircrew in this particular theatre. In this episode we cover some of the background to the stories and incidents in the book from an aviation viewpoint. The interview also acts as introduction to the flying conditions you might encounter should you find yourself in Iraq one day.
About the Author
Robert Mills was born in a small town in southeastern Missouri, surrounded by golden fields and farmland. After 10 years of working as a technology and IT professional, Robert made a drastic career change and joined the Army on September 11th, 2001 in hopes of becoming a helicopter pilot. This had always been an unreachable childhood dream. Robert served as an OH58D Air Cavalry Scout Pilot in the Kiowa Warrior, an armed reconnaissance helicopter, with Outlaw Troop of the 4th Squadron 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana from 2004-2005 and with Blackdeath Troop of the 4th Squadron 6th Air Cavalry Squadron from 2005-2009.