Member Books for February 2015

 

Nonfiction 

Escadrilles: In the Shadow of Our Fathers (Book 2) . By Capt. Todd G. Kruder, USN, and Gerard Tod. Seurat Innovations LLC. ISBN 978-1497502550. 114 pp. $8.99. 

Escadrille, the second in a planned series of American realistic fiction novellas which follow the lives of brave men and women who conquered the barrier of being different. A candid representation of society’s treatment of those who cast under a shadow of difference. 

F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation . By Lt. Col. Dan Ward, USAF (Ret). HarperBusiness. ISBN 978-0062301901. 240 pp. $20.82. 

Noted military technology expert Dan Ward's manifesto for creating great products and projects using the methods of rapid innovation. 

Why do some programs deliver their product under cost, while others bust their budget? Why do some deliver ahead of schedule, while others experience endless delays? Which products work better—the quick and thrifty or the slow and expensive? Which situation leads to superior equipment? 

With nearly two decades as an engineering officer in the U. S. Air Force, Dan Ward explored these questions during tours of duty at military research laboratories, the Air Force Institute of Technology, an intelligence agency, the Pentagon and Afghanistan. The pattern he noticed revealed that the most successful project leaders in both the public and private sectors delivered top-shelf products with a skeleton crew, a shoestring budget, and a cannonball schedule. Excessive investment of time, money, or complexity actually reduced innovation. He concluded the secret to innovation is to be fast, inexpensive, simple, and small. 

FIRE presents an entertaining and practical framework for pursuing rapid, frugal innovation. A story-filled blend of pop culture and engineering insight, FIRE has something for everyone: strategic concepts leaders can use as they cast a vision, actionable principles for managers as they make business decisions, and practical tools for workers as they design, build, assess and test new products. 

From Vicksburg to Cedar Creek: The 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War . By Lt. Col. Thomas P. McKenna, USA (Ret), North Country, Green Mountain (N.Y.) Chapter. Camp Pope Publishing. ISBN 978-1-929919-55-0. 224 pp. $18.95. 

This is the first comprehensive history of the 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry to be published in over 100 years. This regiment was formed in Iowa City, Iowa, in August 1862, and served for three years. It was one of the few Civil War regiments which served in both the Western Theater, where it fought under General Grant in the Vicksburg Campaign, and in the Eastern Theater, where it fought under General Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley. This remarkable regiment traveled about 13,000 miles (equal to half way around the world) by foot, wagon, rail, riverboat, and ocean-going steamship and served in 10 of the 11 Confederate States, from Texas to Virginia. 23% of the men who served in this regiment died in battle or from disease. This is the paperback edition. The book is also available in cloth with dust jacket. 

Prisoner of Peace: The Abuse of Power and Humble Justice . By Lt. Col. William T. Hanson, USAF (Ret), Treasure Coast (Fla.) Chapter. Tate Publishing and Enterprises, www.tatepublishing.com. ISBN 978-1-62510-042-9. 300 pp. $21.99. Available as an e-book. For signed copies contact  billbobhanson@aol.com

This is a true story concerning surviving a mid-air collision back on Dec. 9th, 1983 while on duty in Saudi Arabia. The attachment above briefly describes both the author and the book. 

Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns . By Lt. Col. Walt Brinker, USA (Ret), Life Member. Lightning Source (Ingram), www.roadsidesurvival.com. ISBN 978-1-63068-589-8. 112 pp., available in bookstores and on www.amazon.com as a soft cover ($14.95) and e-book $5.99. CreateSpace: ISBN 978-1-49378-681-7. 

Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns, is unique: A collection of wisdom and advice from over 2,000 free-of-charge roadside assists author Walt Brinker has provided as a hobby. Content is based on hands-on experience, not theory. More than 20 anecdotes from actual assists, several humorous, introduce, illustrate and reinforce concepts and techniques. He is not a mechanic, and most vehicle breakdowns do not require a mechanic. His solutions are simple, low tech, easily understood, and enable a driver of a disabled vehicle to drive it off an interstate highway or parking lot, to a facility which can fix the problem, or so that the motorist can obtain items needed to prevent recurrence. They are not meant to be permanent repairs. The book includes 56 pictures and illustrations with captions. 

Two hundred million licensed motor vehicle drivers in the United States, including 1.4 million in military uniform, expose themselves routinely to significant risk when they drive. There are two kinds of drivers: 1) those who have experienced a disabled vehicle, and 2) those who will. Drivers can decrease the chances that they will have a breakdown and become stranded. Each year AAA responds to 30 million calls for help from stranded motorists, reflecting only a small fraction of the total. Some folks learn only by experiencing inconvenience, embarrassment, and potentially serious risks. Others make the proactive choice to learn how to prevent problems and the methods to counteract them should they occur. This book provides readers with the opportunity to avoid the negatives associated with becoming stranded. It is his best shot at reaching those 200 million drivers! Do you know of a driver who would not benefit from this book and website? 

Veterans Law & Benefits: A Comprehensive Guide to the Process, Laws, & Benefits Available for U.S. Military Veterans, Their Dependents, & Survivors . By Maj. H.R. “Hal” Moroz, USA (Ret). CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1494864545. 228 pp. $11.66. 

VA Benefits ... VA Claims ... Veterans Law ... Federal Tort Claims ... Federal & State-by-State Veteran Resources ... and More! THIS BOOK COVERS THEM ALL!...this book's sections form a comprehensive guide to the process, law, and benefits available for U.S. military veterans and their families. And the beauty of this book is that it is a compact, portable reference for veterans and/or their family members when the need to know something about Veterans Law or VA benefits arises. More often than not, people contact me or other attorneys or veterans advocates for help on such matters, but many times those services incur costs. This book is a low-cost, simple guide to understanding the process and the bureaucracy. It does not eliminate the need for competent counsel on such matters, as this is not the purpose of this work. This book is designed to educate laymen on veterans matters, and better prepare them to ask questions of the VA or legal counsel, should the need arise. 

Moroz founded the  Veterans Law Center in 2008. 

Fiction  

Article 92: Dereliction of Duty . By Lt. Col. William C. Westgard, USA (Ret), Life Member. CreateSpace. ISBN 9781500687625. 322 pp. $25. 

Third in a series of military-legal-mysteries. Set in Germany in 1963, it is focused on a Soviet espionage penetration of the headquarters of the U.S. Army in Europe through the blackmail of a male Army officer and the murder of a female U.S. Army officer. Captain Charles Kimbrough, an Army lawyer and his German mistress, Matilde von Beningsen, lead the effort to discover the crimes and resolve the questions of guilt and innocence. 

Edge of Valor: A Todd Ingram Novel . By former Navy Lt. John J. Gobbell. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-61251-519-9. 344 pp. $25.34. 

Edge of Valor is the fifth thriller by John J. Gobbell featuring the World War II exploits of Cdr. Todd Ingram, commanding officer of the destroyer USS Maxwell (DD 525) who saves his ship when it is hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. For repairs, they pull into Kerama Rhetto, Okinawa, where they receive news of the war's end. Ingram expects to be shipped home like the rest of his crew but instead receives orders to fly to Manila, where he is met by Brig. Gen. Otis Dewitt, an Army buddy from his days on Corregidor who is now intelligence aide to Gen. Richard K. Sutherland, chief of staff to General MacArthur. On Ingram's C-54 are sixteen Japanese senior military and civilian diplomats who meet with Sutherland to discuss formal surrender arrangements. Two days later the terms are settled and Ingram is working with one of the Japanese delegates to ensure that mines laid in Tokyo Bay are neutralized, allowing for safe passage of more than two hundred Allied ships. While Ingram is promised that he can attend the surrender ceremony on board the USS Missouri (BB 63), DeWitt, in concert with the State Department, has an ulterior motive and sends Ingram to Karafuto (Sakhalin Island, according to Soviet maps) to defuse a Soviet attack on Hokkaido, the northernmost home island of Japan. Ingram's old adversary, Edward Dezhnev, is the brigade commander responsible for laying siege to a Japanese holdout garrison in Toro, a natural jumping-off place for an attack on Hokkaido. 

Also in Toro, DeWitt explains, is Walter Boring, a Red Cross representative holding two crates of overwhelming photographic evidence of Japan's experiments on live human beings in China. Ingram is expected to return with those crates, but how can he when Boring is being protected by the Japanese garrison in Toro, where Dezhnev and his troops stand ready to overpower them at any moment?
As his shipmates prepare to return to their loved ones, Ingram's war continues. Three weeks earlier he had been fighting the Japanese, and the Russians were supposed to be friends. Now he doesn't know whom to trust.

Magic Teacher’s Son (Book One in the Magicians’ Gold Series) . By former Army 1st Lt. David Harten Watson. Pen-L Publishing, www.pen-l.com/MagicTeachersSon.html. ISBN 978-1-940222-40-0. 350 pp. $14.97. 

Magic Teacher's Son is a story of betrayal, forgiveness, trust, and treason in a magical world at war. While armies clash in distant battles pitting Magicians against Sorcerers, the actions of an ordinary boy, his classmates, and his friends threaten the loss of their kingdom, but are also its only true hope for survival.  

When sixteen-year-old Pran sneaks out of his house one night to join other teens experimenting with sorcery, it sets into motion a chain of events that lead to betrayal, an attempt on his life, first love, friendship with a most unusual spy, treason, and the imminent conquest of his kingdom.  

His father, schoolmaster of the town's one-room magic school, learns of the midnight dabbling in sorcery, expels one student, and gives Pran an even worse punishment: implying to the class that he's the snitch! Before Pran can convince his classmates he's not, a prophecy warns that the gold Eldor's Magicians need to repel the current invasion will vanish from their world, and the kingdom is doomed unless Pran travels to the "legendary" land of Earth to replace it.  

To find three companions he needs for his quest, Pran must put loyalty ahead of personal safety, stand up to vengeful classmates who think he snitched on them, forgive a former friend who betrayed him, and face his worst fears. But can Pran trust the remarkable companions the prophecy picked for him? 

  

Memoir

Astride Two Centuries: The Life and Amazing Times of John Haaren or How I Survived Damn Near Everything . By Col. John Haaren, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Mother’s House Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61888-001-6. $9.99. 

This account of my life and times is in response to a desire to leave a record of 80 plus years of my life. At various times friends and associates have said I should write about my life...this usually occurred when a few stories were told and an appropriate amount of cocktails were consumed. Perhaps my children and grandchildren will read and enjoy this effort. In any event, this is my story. 

The title is a bit grandiose, but lots of amazing things have happened in my lifetime. I went from reading science fiction stories about the moon as a young man such as, “From the Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne, to watching Neil Armstrong place the first human footprint on lunar soil. Neil and I shared several hours when the Bob Hope Show came to CCK Air Base in Taiwan. He was part of the show. My classmates from the Naval Academy have gone to Lunar Orbit and I spent many years working on future space systems for the United States Air Force. Additionally, I went to war in the Republic of South Vietnam twice.

At various times, I was an Eagle Scout, a Scoutmaster, a Counselor at Scout Camp Siwanoy, Order of the Arrow, a Civil Defense Air Raid Warden, a War Plant Worker (Grommet Machine), Sailor, Track Athlete, Midshipman USN, Colonel USAF, Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Combat Ready Navigator/Bombardier, B-47 Bomber, Atlas Missile Launch Officer, Strategic Plans Officer, Looking Glass Operations Officer, Nuclear Warhead Action Officer, Nuclear Weapons Officer, Airlift C-130 Vice Wing Commander, Air Staff Study Director, Prime Responsibility for all USAF Strategic Communication Programs to include the Global Positioning System, and Program Guidance for Systems for Air Force One, and an Associate Fellow AIAA.

In addition, for 24 years I was a systems engineer in the business world. I worked in the following companies: COMSAT - Director of Corporate Planning, ASTRA Corporation - President, ASEC - Vice President, GTE - Business Acquisition Manager, Horizon Technology - Vice President, MITRE Corporation - Lead Engineer, and ANSER Corporation - Director Western Region. More about this hodgepodge later.
My children graciously gave me a button that says, “I survived damn near everything.” There might be some truth to that.

I Chose to Be a U.S. Marine . By Col. George W. Carrington, USMC (Ret), Life Member. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4918-3178-6. 112 pp. $13.46. 

George Carrington tales you on a journey- from Sunny Scarsdale, New York; New Zealand; Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima; Peking and Tsingtao, China; Seoul and Inchon, Korea; Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Saigon and Danang, Vietnam. Don't forget the Pentagon! He discovers foolishness and stupidity, as well as bravery and heroism. Along the way he runs into President-to-be Jerry Ford, Commandant Gen. Dave Shoup, Gen. Maxwell Taylor, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Chiang K'ai-sheck; Lord Louie Mountbatten; and JFK and LBJ.