By Richard F. Miller
What distinguishes Richard F. Miller's A service at warfare is its specialize in person officials and sailors and shipboard morale as particular from the standard "bomb and bullet" reporting. The USS Kitty Hawk's challenge paralleled the tortuous process occasions major as much as the Iraq conflict. initially stationed within the northern Persian Gulf to implement the Southern No-Fly sector, the Kitty Hawk grew to become one of many lead components within the crusade to "shock and awe" the Iraqi militia, from the instant her conflict staff 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 was once 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 defense. He visited the brig, interviewed the jailors, ate with either officials and enlisted women and men, and, on the point of conflict, attended either Christian and Jewish non secular companies. possibly of maximum significance, as a result of his cigar behavior, he spent many hours within the one position on board the place the true face of existence at sea may be observed-the enlisted personnel's smoking sponson. the following the staff comfortable and proved sincere sufficient to allow the writer to make his such a lot striking discoveries in regards to the glossy army.
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11443$ $CH3 05-18-05 12:21:43 PS PAGE 22 23 Into the Maw lay ahead could steer around it. But what if a motorboat 10 miles away or an Iraqi naval vessel disguised as a merchantman (like the old Q boats of World War I fame) fired a Silkworm or some other bad-news projectile at a ship? My growing dread was interrupted by the arrival of the corpsman. He was a young man attempting a mustache. ’’ he politely inquired. ’’ I replied. ‘‘We’ll do the smallpox on your upper left arm. ’’ I smiled and glanced at his preparation table.
My brother Aaron’s caution about customs was wise but inapplicable to the late shift at this airport. No one asks me to open my bags or questions me about anything. A sleepy-eyed government man with thick gold rings on his fingers and too much pomade in his hair glances at my passport, barely looks at me, and then gives me a visa. The Coalition of the Willing may be on the brink of war, but nobody in the kingdom appears to be. That’s probably because the dog they’re betting on in this looming fight with Saddam belongs to the United States—which is probably how the kingdom prefers matters.
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A Carrier At War: On Board the USS Kitty Hawk in the Iraq War by Richard F. Miller