Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Black Flag Journals Virtual Book Tour

  

Black Flag Journals: One Soldier's Experience in America's Longest War


by Dennis Woods 


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GENRE: Memoir


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BLURB:


The story of America’s longest war is complicated and difficult to convey, unless you were there. Dennis Woods was there. By following his stories in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can sense the enormity of his combat experiences. Originally written for his daughter, Black Flag Journals is taken from the author’s nine battle book journals. It covers his time from the fall of the Twin Towers through his last combat tour.


Black Flag Journals contains not just stories from the first war of the new century, but a day-by-day record of events that other veterans may use to relate their own experiences. All who enjoy real life stories, and followers of history will connect with this first person account of America’s longest war.


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EXCERPT:


Rules of engagement 

At higher echelons of command, the rules of engagement were used as a rheostat. That rheostat could be dialed up or down to adjust the level of violence. The level of violence was often adjusted to achieve military and political goals. At the soldier level, the rules allowed one to “kill with a conscience, if necessary.” I mention this now as, over time, the rules of engagement and what constituted a legal engagement would change from time to time based on conditions.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


CSM Woods combat tours include; 

Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, 82d Airborne Division.

Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia – Iraq, 82d Airborne Division.

Operation Desert Fox 1998, Qatar, 5th Group Special Forces.

OEF 2 Afghanistan, 82d Airborne Division.

OIF 1 Iraq, First Armored Division.

OIF 6 Iraq, First Armored Division.

OEF X Afghanistan, 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

OEF XIII Afghanistan, 191st Infantry Brigade



CSM Woods civilian education includes a Master of Education, (training & leadership) from North Central University, Prescott AZ, and a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior, Albany, New York.

Military education includes the United States Sergeants Majors Academy class # 58, Army force management course, Jump Master, Drill Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Infantry Small Arms Master Gunner, Artillery Master Gunner, Amphibious Warfare leaders’ course (USMC), Anti-Armor Leaders course, Machine Gun Leaders course, Artillery Mechanics repair course, Small Arms repair course, Nuclear Biological Chemical defense, and all levels of air load planning and hazmat certification USAF.

CSM Woods awards include; one Distinguished Service medal, one Legion Of Merit,( 5) Bronze Star Medals, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 ARCOM, 4 AAM, 1 Humanitarian service medal, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary medals,  Afghanistan and Iraq service medals. German Jump Master Wings, Qatar Jump wings as part of 5th Group, Netherlands Jumpmaster wings.  Other awards include; Department of Defense “Inventor of the year” (2003) with 45 separate inventions. CSM Woods saved the United States Government over one Billion Dollars through cost avoidance.  He is also the first recipient of the GRUBER award for an outstanding field artillery professional. 


CSM Woods is credited by the US Army Smart Ideas program as the inventor of;

The 105mm Howitzer night direct fire sight system M913 GELON.

The 155mm towed Howitzer night sight system.

The dual use day/ night direct fire sight reticule.

The Dual optic MILES Laser trainer.

The Urban Assault kit (PALADIN) improved crew protection, 155mm system.


On his most recent tour to Afghanistan, CSM Woods pioneered the first use of artillery training rounds in combat as a form of scalable fire support designed to limit civilian death and collateral damage.  He is the author of, ‘Black Flag Journals One Soldiers Experience in America’s Longest War’, and numerous magazine, newspaper articles, including training pamphlets concerning Artillery, night vision, and combat operations.


Twitter: @djwoodswrites


Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Dennis-John-Woods/e/B01KU91GFI%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15660793.Dennis_John_Woods


Koehler Book: https://www.koehlerbooks.com/book/black-flag-journals/



Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Flag-Journals-Soldiers-Experience-ebook/dp/B01L0LW7US/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0


BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/black-flag-journals-dennis-john-woods/1124419537


Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Black-Flag-Journals-Audiobook/B08MBHSQQ9



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9 comments:

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    1. Goddess Fish Promotions, thank you for organizing this blog tour.

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  2. Thank you for hosting my book Black Flag Journals one Soldier's Experience in America's Longest War. While this work covers 57 months of combat, it also illustrates our efforts to train Afghan forces.

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  3. This sounds like an interesting and timely book!

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    1. Thank you for the comment Glenda. Please share on social media and sign up for the giveaway. This book isn't just my story but the story of many soldiers and marines.

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  4. This sounds like a very interesting book.

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    1. Others agree with you Brenda, Black Flag Journals has a 5 star rating for the book version and a 3 for the audio book version.

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  5. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

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  6. Glad you liked it Sherry. Rules of engagement are often overlooked in many articles leaving the reader to ask, was it legal?

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