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Fidelis

Fidelis

Author: Teresa Fazio Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2020

In 1998 Teresa Fazio signed up for the Marine Corps' ROTC program to pay her way through MIT. After the U.S was attacked on September 11, 2001, leading to the War on Terror, she graduated with a physics degree into a very different world, owing the Marines four years of active duty. At twenty-three years old and five-foot-one, Fazio was the youngest and smallest officer in her battalion; the combined effect of her short hair, glasses, and baggy camo was less Hurt Locker than Harry Potter Goes to War. She cut an incongruous figure commanding more experienced troops in an active war zone, where vulnerability was not only taboo, but potentially lethal. In this coming-of-age story set in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fazio struggles with her past, her sense of authority, and her womanhood. Anger stifles her fear and uncertainty. A forbidden affair placates her need for love and security. But emptiness, guilt, and nightmares plague Fazio through her deployment - and follow her back home.

Mig Alley to Mu Ghia Pass

Mig Alley to Mu Ghia Pass

Author: Cecil Foster, David K. Vaughan, Dolph Overton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2020

Cecil Foster was born in Midland County, Michigan, on August 30, 1925. He endured economic and emotional hardship during his youth, living in a poor environment, losing his mother before he was six, and being separated from his brothers, sisters, and father. He joined the Army Air Force in 1943 as a private at the height of the World War II buildup and retired in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel. During his 32 years with the Air Force, Foster served in several different capacities - pilot, celestial navigator, radar-navigator-bombardier, intercept director, and squadron commander. A major focus of this work is Foster's Air Force career in the Korean War where he was one of the highest-scoring aces of the air war. His record of nine MiGs destroyed places him 12 on a list of 38 aces. Every one of the aircraft he destroyed was shot down in the area known as MiG Alley, a smali section of airspace along the Yalu River, which separated North Korea from China.

Military Stress And Performance

Military Stress And Performance

Author: George E. Kearney, Mark Creamer, Ric Marshall, Anne Goyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2020

Managing stress is an important issue not only for the military, but equally for other high-risk professions. Focusing on the Australian Defence Force experience, this work provides a synthesis of a wide range of research, offering a coherent, integrated approach to the subject.

Military Advantage, 2011 Edition

Military Advantage, 2011 Edition

Author: Terry Howell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2020

The Military Advantage, 2011 Edition is the one essential guide to military and veterans benefits. Drawn from the resources of Military.com - the most trusted name in the military community - it is the most current and complete reference guide for everyone with military or veterans benefits. This easy-to-use book unlocks the availability of every benefit, whether you are on active duty, a veteran, a military retiree or a family member, allowing everyone to make the most of the military experience. About the Author Terry Howell is the Managing Editor for Benefits for Military.com. A retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, Terry used both traditional and non-traditional education methods to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Communication at Western Baptist College while on active duty. He is currently using his GI Bill benefits to pursue a MBA at Corban Graduate School.

A Ramble through My War

A Ramble through My War

Author: Charles F. Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2020

Charles Marshall, a Columbia University graduate and ardent opponent of U.S. involvement in World War II, entered the army in 1942 and was assigned to intelligence on the sheer happenstance that he was fluent in German. On many occasions to come, Marshall would marvel that so fortuitous an edge spared him from infantry combat- and led him into the most important chapter of his life. In A Ramble through My War, he records that passage, drawing from an extensive daily diary he kept clandestinely at the time. Sent to Italy in 1944, Marshall participated in the vicious battle of the Anzio beachhead and in the Allied advance into Rome and other areas of Italy. He assisted the invasion of southern France and the push through Alsace, across the Rhine, and through the heart of Germany into Austria. His responsibilities were to examine captured documents and maps, check translations, interrogate prisoners, become an expert on German forces, weaponry, and equipment- and, when his talent for light, humorous writing became known, to contribute a daily column to the Beachhead News. The nature of intelligence work proved tedious yet engrossing, and at times even exhilarating. Marshall interviewed Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's widow at length and took possession of the general's personal papers, ultimately breaking the story of the legendary commander's murder. He had many conversations with high-ranking German officers- including Field Marshals von Weichs, von Leeb, and List. General Hans Speidel, Rommel's chief of staff in Normandy, proved a fount of information. Marshall's chronicle unfolds all of these events, capturing the mounting tension and every variety of detail. Perhaps most moving is his gradual realization of concentration camp conditions, first through reports and photographs and finally in a personal visit to Dachau. Understandably, May 8, 1945, seemed anticlimactic. Among memoirs of World War II, Marshall's is surely one of the best. With powerful authenticity, it brings the experiences and mind of the young junior officer sharply to life while also bearing the sage perspective of a man now in his ninth decade.

Reluctant Rebel

Reluctant Rebel

Author: F. Jay Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2020

Patrick emerges from this diary as the GI Joe of 1861-1865. - Charles L. Dufour In April, 1861, Private Robert Patrick, a talented clerk in the Commissary and Quartermaster departments of the Fourth Louisiana Infantry, began a diary that he continued until the last days of the Civil War. A keen observer who had a flair for descriptive writing, Patrick offers a fascinating look behind the Confederate front lines. In his memoir, originally written in Ben Pitman shorthand and intended for no one's eyes but his own, this articulate and practical-minded young Louisianian provides a colourful narrative of events, both on and off duty. He vividly recounts the siege around Port Hudson and Vicksburg, the Battle of Shiloh, and the retreat from Atlanta, episodes in which his regiment had one of the highest records for casualties in the entire Confederate Army. Especially enlightening are his comments on logistics, supply, and the competence of supply officers, issues relatively ignored in Confederate history. His descriptions of conditions and civilian sentiment in the residential areas near army camps and along the route of the march are also revealing. Patrick's honesty and literary craftsmanship give his narrative unusual realism. Full of anecdotes ranging from humorous to horrifying, his diary adds significant details to the portrait of the Confederate soldier in the rear echelons.

World Military Leaders

World Military Leaders

Author: Mark Grossman Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

Spanning the years from the beginning of recorded history to the modern day. World Military Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary profiles the influential military leaders whose actions precipitated enormous change in the world around them. From master strategists such as Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, and Napoleon to the great tacticians, including Decatur, Hannibal, and Rommel, this comprehensive A-to-Z biographical dictionary will serve as an indispensable guide to the student and military buff alike. Entries include Alexander III, Napoleon Bonaparte, Oliver Cromwell, Dwight David Eisenhower, Tommy Ray Franks, Genghis Khan, Horatio Herbert Kitchener, Robert Edward Lee, Douglas MacArthur, Horatio Nelson, John Joseph Pershing, Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, Saladin, Sir William Wallace, Isoroku, Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov, and more.

The Parent's Guide to the U.S. Marine Corps

The Parent's Guide to the U.S. Marine Corps

Author: Mary S. Regner, MG Michael R. Regner USMC (Ret.) Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2020

Marines are known as The Few and the Proud . When a mother or father become the parents of a Marine, their pride as well as their concern is understandable as they become the Few and the Proud Parents. A transformation occurs to them as well. From the moment their son or daughter earns the Eagle Goble and Anchor, the emblem of the Corps, new roles are formed, relationships change, and a new language and lifestyle develops. Some parents may ask with a combination of pride and bewilderment, Who are you and what happened to MY child? noting this new and improved version. The Parents Guide to the U.S. Marine Corps is designed to inform parents, and anyone who loves and supports a Marine, during a Marine's years of service. It is filled with important resources that are helpful to know for general information or in moments of crisis. A brief history of the Corps, leadership qualities and traits, as well as professional development information give a glimpse into the type of Marine one's son or daughter are aspiring to become. This helps many families appreciate the sacrifice and dedication it takes to be successful in the Corps. Real stories from these authors, other parents and spouses are included to get a first-hand view of what occurs in the daily happenings. Learn how they manage to connection and sustain relationships when their Marines are out of sight, but not out of mind . Most importantly, this book shares the What if, and What next moments, if a Marine should become wounded, ill or injured, or God forbid, deceased. It is a critical resource that gives families important names and phone numbers to support their Marine and themselves during these most difficult times. The Marine Corps is ready to welcome all into this special extended family of the Corps and to celebrate the accomplishments that a Marine has earned. Topics such as how to plan a military wedding, travel overseas for visits and become the most amazing long-distance grandparents are a few of the wide-range choice of items you will read, and to learn how to share and record this amazing journey. This book recognizes that everyone wants their Marine to be safe, secure and successful. From recruitment through transition back into civilian life, many will want this book nearby every step of the way.

Tao of Soldiering

Tao of Soldiering

Author: Nihar Kuanr Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2020

Soldiering is all about the growth and development of human potential in the military organization. The approach to soldiering in China is apparently distinct as compared to Indian or Western military and the shaping of soldiery in China has taken a very unique and somewhat enigmatic course. In the context of PLA, in the ongoing reform era, a clear shift in the approach to HRM is apparent. One of the most important objectives of the ongoing reforms and restructuring of PLA is to appreciably augment its potential and efficiency for the effective prosecution of Integrated Joint operations (IJO) for winning Local Wars under Informationised Condition (LWUIC). This book attempt has been made to take a holistic look at soldiering and development of human potential in PLA thus progressing understanding in the broadly interpreted field of HRM in the context of the Chinese military. The author argues that PLA has been adopting a very systematic, methodical and focussed approach towards identifying the key issues and addressing them in a time-bound manner to enhance the quality of its personnel to include the enlisted personnel, NCOs, officers, and higher leadership. However, success or failure of HR policies depends as much on several tangible factors(educational qualification, technological prowess, economic and social background), as on various intangible aspects (influence of culture, belief system, traditional practices, political and ideological factors impinging on the morale, motivation and value system). The book would enable interested readers to comprehend and grasp the nuances of the development of human potential in the military in general and PLA in specific. Various HRD themes like organizational culture, leadership, efficient decision making, etc. analyzed in the book can find application in general context as well.

Fighting with Pride

Fighting with Pride

Author: Craig Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2019

To mark the 20th anniversary of the lifting of the British Armed Forces gay ban' on 12 January 2020, this book brings together a selection of LGBTQ servicemen and women who have served in the Armed Forces since the Second World War. Their stories are profoundly moving testaments to their loyalty, their courage on the battlefield, and their unswerving sense of right and wrong. Included are ten accounts of members of our Armed Forces who have lived remarkable lives. In some cases they were dismissed in disgrace or forced to resign when asked questions about their private lives. Their stories are those of remarkable sacrifice and courage in their units (and in battle), but who were forced to live in secret before their services were removed at the stroke of a pen after being declared 'no longer required' or dismissed in disgrace'. These are the stories of the David and Goliath battle for equality, through every court in the UK and Europe. For others their story is one of remarkable careers at the front line of operations worldwide, with accounts of service in the Second World War, the Falklands War, the Gulf Wars and the war in Afghanistan. This book celebrates the lives of servicemen and women who have stood tall and taken their place with pride and dignity in the fighting units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and the British Army. These are the inspiring stories of people who have created amazing careers and sought and found a welcome denied to so many.

War Memory and Commemoration

War Memory and Commemoration

Author: Brad West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

In a period characterised by an unprecedented cultural engagement with the past, individuals, groups and nations are debating and experimenting with commemoration in order to find culturally relevant ways of remembering warfare, genocide and terrorism. This book examines such remembrances and the political consequences of these rites. In particular, the volume focuses on the ways in which recent social and technological forces, including digital archiving, transnational flows of historical knowledge, shifts in academic practice, changes in commemorative forms and consumerist engagements with history affect the shaping of new collective memories and our understanding of the social world. Presenting studies of commemorative practices from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, War Memory and Commemoration illustrates the power of new commemorative forms to shape the world, and highlights the ways in which social actors use them in promoting a range of understandings of the past. The volume will appeal to scholars of sociology, history, cultural studies and journalism with an interest in commemoration, heritage and/or collective memory.

Soldiers on International Missions

Soldiers on International Missions

Author: Stephanie Vincent Lyk-Jensen, Peder J. Pedersen Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2019

This book contributes important new insights into how deployment on international military missions affects soldiers and their lives. Using both quantitative data and in-depth interviews, the authors provide a longitudinal perspective covering the participants in these missions before, during, and after deployment on a large range of life outcomes. The research centres around four key themes; who are the men and women who choose to be deployed; why do they choose to be deployed; what challenges do these soldiers face before, during, and after returning home from a mission; and what are the consequences of deployment for the soldiers' individual lives? Danish soldiers provide an illustrative study and data is drawn from administrative registries and is supplemented with broader surveys of present and former soldiers, in-depth interviews of parents and other relatives, and support group professionals. Using specifically constructed datasets and comparing these soldiers with relevant control groups, this book offers a unique analysis of the impact of deployment on important issues such as personal finances, the labour market, criminal activity, smoking and drinking, and overall health. Mapping a full portrait of the men and women who choose to be deployed, and explaining both their initial motivations, this book highlights the challenges they face before and during deployment and upon returning home.