Named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2013 and Amazon's Hot, New Releases in 2013, this inspiring look at American exceptionalism in Iraq was recently featured in the Air Force Times. Seen through an airman's lens, Major Banzet describes the USAF's efforts to build a credible, accountable partner in the deserts of the Middle East. Through humor and tragedy, Major Banzet describes the hidden efforts of the American, British and desperately courageous Iraqis to build a new Air Force out of war and destruction. With a perceptive eye and rare wit, he compares the two cultures; both aiming to rebuild and grow the next generation of the young Iraqi men and women that could determine the fate of the Middle East for the next fifty years. You won't forget this book.
Michael Banzet served 22 years in the United States Air Force. He served in enlisted ranks from E-1 to E-6 for 7 years. While enlisted, he was a crew chief on the mighty F-4G Phantom, F-16 Falcon and the F-117A Nighthawk. He completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, became a nuclear maintenance officer and was selected to attend pilot training. He accumulated over 2500 hours in the air, about a fourth of them combat hours. He served in Desert Storm as a crew chief, Desert Fox as a nuclear maintenance officer, and Southern Watch, Enduring and Iraqi Freedom as a pilot.