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The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11 Paperback – August 5, 2016
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"The 1 percent is commonly used to describe the wealthiest people. The discussion around that term is typically about the growing wealth gap between America's elite and the rest of the country. But what if we have that all wrong? What if you were told that the greatest value you could add to your life was not monetary? And what if, especially as a nation, we should be most concerned about the service gap? This generation has an untapped reservoir of leaders in our communities who have been strengthened by the unique difficulties of post 9/11 service." It began as a personal memoir for her son. Reflecting on ten years of post 9/11 military service and two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Marjorie K. Eastman realized she was capturing more than lessons and inspiration. Eastman shines a spotlight on the 1 percent of our society who served in the military after 9/11, those who were alongside her that left an indelible mark on not only her heart, but also on our nation's history. She defines the legacy her generation-the Frontline Generation-leaves on this country, and encourages readers to think about who they want to be, how they can make a difference, how they can make their lives count. Service is the key. Service is the post 9/11 generation's legacy, rooted in their actions to volunteer and be exposed to the forefront of action, time and time again. And they were-starting with those in the military and extending to journalists, government officials, nongovernment workers, and contractors alike. Eastman provides a compelling perspective of the remarkable ways seemingly disparate people came together to solve problems and break boundaries well beyond the heartbreaking day of 9/11. There is something new to be said-and yet, sometimes all too familiar-about this generation's character, sacrifice, and service. Eastman's first-person account of post 9/11 service also reveals how to find your conviction and leave a trail. The culmination of her time in uniform is a moving journey, only to be topped by the gripping obstacles that were overcome in her final assignment when she was responsible for the lives of over 100 troops scattered throughout Eastern Afghanistan. Rarely do you find a book that offers lessons on life, leadership, service, and the role of men and women in all of it. Eastman speaks with wisdom, compassion, and humor; she quotes from her journal, which offers a personal lens, and ties lessons to key concepts. Her stories ring true. The Frontline Generation will win the hearts and minds of every generation. This gift to her son is a powerful reminder to all of us how service is a force that gives us meaning. It unites us, and can make us leaders.
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The Frontline Generation is a well-written, compelling tour through the experiences and observations of an US Army Reservist who enlisted after 9/11. Captain Eastman's retrospective on her service highlights the challenges of being a soldier in the US military at war, being a leader in hostile conditions and what it means to serve. This book tackles these three themes in many variations and combinations with a female perspective. She discusses with clarity and candor the challenges she faced as she perceived them and how she felt about the methods she employed to solve the myriad of problems built into those challenges.
Extensively footnoted and filled with thoughts on the meaning of service, Frontline Generation is an excellent stepping off point to greater military, service, and leadership reading. Pausing at the end of each chapter to provide a summary of her thoughts concerning the events in the chapter, CPT Eastman provides the reader an idea of her perspective on the events years after they have occurred and slightly divorced from the context that her opinions are nestled in within each chapter.
While the book covers a greater span of time than a single deployment to Afghanistan, it is this deployment that is her focus; when CPT Eastman served as a company commander in a Military Intelligence Battalion in Regional Command, East based out of Bagram.
Read this book and look for the next one.
This is a beautifully written account of personal stories that are inspiring and heart-felt. In addition to the get a glimpse into what it means to serve our county, the book provides a glimpse into the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of service in any capacity. The book is organized into short modules, shared from first person point of view and summarized into inspirational nuggets at the end of each chapter.
One of the most impressive aspects of this book is the time frame over which it was written. Marjorie started writing this while in the service, kept writing it as her son underwent cancer treatment and completed it as everyday life transpired. It is a story written for her son – of people and experiences in her life – of obstacles, determination, and rewards – of the noble work that can be accomplished and experienced in the world.
Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!
Marjorie is a true representation of a leader with character, and this book is the ultimate guide to how to win at leadership.