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.
"I found Black Flag Journals fascinating, captivating and intriguing. As a civilian physical therapist working with wounded warriors and wives of wounded warriors I'm curious about what actually goes on in our country's longest war. Anyone who has a loved one who served or is interested in the war our nation has participated in will find this book an interesting read. Thank you for sharing, to help our nation heal and make educated decisions going forward." -Barbara McNally licensed physical therapist, author of Unbridled: member of San Diego Writers Ink, and an active blog contributor to the Huffington Post. "In his first foray into a full length manuscript, Dennis Woods, manages to pull off what many veteran writers cannot. War journals typically relay the myopic view of an individual from their singular perch. Woods manages to provide us with a holistic description that covers multiple domains, the cultural, the personal, as well as the interpersonal. Operations and engagements are described from the perspective of all three levels of war; the strategic, operational, and tactical, providing the reader a robust understanding of the environment and the conditions that are within the Soldier's control and those that are not. Every Service member should add this to their library of professional reading. Every American should read this to provide them an understanding of the commitment and dedication applied to fighting America's wars." -Command Sergeant Major Edward Roderiques, Jr. "Black Flag Journals brings a dedicated Soldier's story of war home for us all to experience. The author captures the true human emotion embedded in detailed descriptions of the tragedies of war. Dennis' anecdotes and eyewitness accounts of his time at war reminds us to be grateful to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. He outlines scenes of chaos, countless memorial services, and the pain of leaving loved ones behind time and time again while also providing a glimpse into the bonds forged between solders during times of extreme stress and the camaraderie among brothers in arms." -Dr. Uniszkiewicz, Naval Officer and Physician who focuses on Public Health: author of The Bucket List Chronicles.