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By Jane Hampton Cook

During this most up-to-date installment of the Battlefields & advantages sequence, tales of religion and braveness from the warfare in Iraq & Afghanistan is a 365 day choice of inspiring tales of braveness perseverance and religion in response to first-hand debts of greater than seventy people who have served within the struggle. via a number of, never-before-told tales, readers will discover the private demanding situations of the battlefield. In tales of religion and braveness from the struggle in Iraq & Afghanistan you'll find the reports and views of deployed squaddies, chaplains, army other halves and fogeys, organizers of humanitarian efforts, and veterans being affected by post-traumatic tension disorder.
It has received the distinguished 2010 Gold Medal Award from the MWSA (Military s Writers Society of the United States) and the 2010 Silver Medal Award from the Branson Stars and Flags e-book Award

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Yes, Sergeant, everything舗s cool. Real dusty though,舡 I responded from the troop compartment. I was the rear crewman. My job was to keep an eye on the infantry in the back and provide security for them when they exited the vehicle. The dust was pouring into our track舗s open hatches. We had been through a couple of dust storms, but nothing like this. Visibility was about ten meters, forcing our column of thirty-seven tracks to move at a snail舗s pace. 舠Listen up,舡 Connors called. 舠I just heard over the net that we can舗t move any further in this dust.

Prayer: You are the maker of sunsets and sunrises. Thank you for this day you have given me. 舡 (Psalm 3:5) January 7 Preflight Prayer Maj. Brandon Reid, United States Air Force So here I was about to fly into harm舗s way as a member of a crew that舗d been flying together for two and a half months. We had flown more than twenty-five flights together and were well seasoned by Air Force standards. We knew each other舗s weaknesses, strengths, and limitations, though we舗d never discussed religion. Now here we were in the cargo compartment of a C-130 aircraft getting our final briefing from our aircraft commander Having gotten our mission for our first flight of the Iraq war, we went through our typical pre-flight intelligence and mission briefing.

On that unforgettable date, my job responsibility was developing and designing the content for the official White House website. I was working on a new page focusing on President George W. Bush舗s educational initiative, but that page never was posted. Instead we created new postings, highlighting America舗s multi-front response: diplomatic efforts, military attacks, financial blocking of terrorist financing, and humanitarian aid. When I think about September 11, I remember two things: the courage of those first responders, many who lost their lives, and America舗s strength, resilience, and commitment to freedom.

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