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By Richard F. Miller

ISBN-10: 1574889605

ISBN-13: 9781574889604

What distinguishes Richard F. Miller's A provider at battle is its specialise in person officials and sailors and shipboard morale as precise from the standard "bomb and bullet" reporting. The USS Kitty Hawk's undertaking paralleled the tortuous process occasions major as much as the Iraq struggle. initially stationed within the northern Persian Gulf to implement the Southern No-Fly sector, the Kitty Hawk turned one of many lead parts within the crusade to "shock and awe" the Iraqi military, from the instant her conflict crew introduced twelve of a few 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles within the first attempt to kill Saddam Hussein to the round the clock sorties of fighter jets introduced from her deck as soon as hostilities begun. the writer, who used to be current sooner than, in the course of, and after the start of the conflict, interviewed the ship's captain, chaplains, aviators, the send psychologist, medical professionals, the dentist, and the manager of protection. He visited the brig, interviewed the jailors, ate with either officials and enlisted women and men, and, close to battle, attended either Christian and Jewish non secular prone. possibly of maximum value, because of his cigar behavior, he spent many hours within the one position on board the place the genuine face of lifestyles at sea may be observed-the enlisted personnel's smoking sponson. right here the workforce cozy and proved sincere adequate to permit the writer to make his so much unbelievable discoveries in regards to the smooth army.

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Werner said that tomorrow I’m off to the USS Kitty Hawk battle group! (But today, it’s the effects of the smallpox vaccination. ) I was also told that yes, there are areas on the ship designated for smokers, cigars are permitted, there are plenty of vegetarians on board (always good news for diabetics), and there will be several chaplains aboard. And if I’m very lucky, one of them might be a rabbi. And yes, there are plenty of self-operated laundry machines. Now I had it all: the name of the ship that I would soon be calling home, a hotel Internet connection to do some research, and enough excitement to beat back the effects of the vaccinia virus proliferating through my system.

Typical of all well-lawyered agreements, a variety of ‘‘understandings’’ are imputed to the signatory; however, while most signatories in this room, including me, probably knew what the words said, few of us had any experience as to what they meant. ’’ Of course, these broad, self-protective generalizations weren’t enough. As the agreement descends into a litany of risk factors, matters are specified; even matters that don’t yet or may never exist are specified: ‘‘strenuous and inherently dangerous activities’’ include ‘‘transportation in, and close proximity to, military tactical vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, and other Government (and Government contracted) vehicles and may involve substantial serious injury or death as the result of the media employee’s own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others including agents, contractors, offi- .................

M. , to ask questions that I was too embarrassed to raise during the briefing) with the Navy ................. 11443$ $CH4 05-18-05 12:21:49 PS PAGE 41 42 A Carrier at War: On Board the USS Kitty Hawk in the Iraq War PAO. And the news was great: Before I could ask anything, Cdr. Werner said that tomorrow I’m off to the USS Kitty Hawk battle group! (But today, it’s the effects of the smallpox vaccination. ) I was also told that yes, there are areas on the ship designated for smokers, cigars are permitted, there are plenty of vegetarians on board (always good news for diabetics), and there will be several chaplains aboard.

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