- Paperback: 273 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (April 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786437987
- ISBN-13: 978-0786437986
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Senior Master Sergeant Thomas W. Young is a flight engineer with the West Virginia Air National Guard and a former writer and editor for the broadcast division of the Associated Press. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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This is as true as it gets, every comment made by the Members of the 167th shows the professionalism of the West Virginia Air Guard members.
For 130 operators and maintainers this book is a must.
130th Airlift Squadron, MSGT (retired) 1975-2000.
What I love about this book is that it's real. It's about the people who were there, doing the job, and not the sanitized or outrageous versions of events that we see on the news. They don't reveal too much, but they don't hold back in showing that it is a terrible place to be, not only for them, but for the civilians who live there.
In once chapter, they talk about children. And how they were horrified by what the children went through at the hands of prior regimes, but to the children, it was business as usual. Another chapter is called "Folded Flags" and talks about transporting the KIA's. I cried a lot through that chapter.
But there are funny stories throughout as well, like when one of the guys talks about making the mistake of opening his wallet in a sandstorm with unpleasant after effects!
I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they support the wars or not. It's a vivid look at fighting men and women and what they do to get the job done.
Gerard Kendle, MSgt, USAF (Retired)
Former 167th Ops Grp First Sergeant