Thursday, July 29, 2021

Review of Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale

 Hello, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.


Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale 

by Bill Zarchy

 

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GENRE:   Sci-Fi / Alternate History / Baseball Saga / Action Thriller

 

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BLURB:

 

On a freezing night in 1778, General George Washington vanishes. Walking away from the Valley Forge encampment, he takes a fall and is knocked unconscious, only to reappear at a dog park on San Francisco Bay—in the summer of 2014.


Excerpt:

 

Paranoia

 

Chow stopped and glanced at his watch. He looked stricken.

 

“I have to go.”

 

“Go? How can you go now? I have a million questions! Where is the time machine? Can I see it?”

 

“In time, Tim, I have no doubt that you’ll see it.

 

“You can’t show it to me now?”

 

“I don’t have it with me,” he said, with careful sarcasm. “It’s not something that fits in your pocket.”

 

“What’s in the bag? Did you bring a laptop?”

 

“Yes, but it’s not for that. There’s something else I was going to show you, but I’ve spent far too much time explaining and not enough time planning. You’d be surprised to learn how little you really need to know.”

 

“Really? How could I possibly know how little I need to know, when, as it stands, I don’t know a damn thing?”

 

Chow shrugged. “You speak in riddles, grasshopper. The point is, for today I’ve run out of time.”

 

“What do we do with the General? How much danger is he in? And how about the rest of us?” 

 

I had told Chow about Aunt Rachel’s hit-and-run “accident” and wondered aloud if it had been intended as an attack on George. I was desperate to resolve something, afraid that after this incredible tale Chow would slip away, and I’d never see him again. 

 

“We still need to figure out what to do, Tim. The consequences of his not returning to Valley Forge are huge, as you can guess. We must get him back there. And soon.”

 

“Frankly, Mr. Chow, I fail to see why this is my problem. Why don’t you take him with you now?”

 

He smiled. “That does seem like it would be simple, doesn’t it? But there are dark forces at work, and we must sit tight for right now.”

 


Review: For a time travel adventure with fun, danger, and baseball, have a look at Finding George Washington. This story is a fresh take on the time travel concept. The father of the United States, George Washington, gets pulled from Valley Forge to present-day California. He meets a young man, Tim, and his friend Matt. These two and their cohorts guide George around their present.

 

George’s discovery of technology, culture, and baseball is charming. His reactions are believable and entertaining.  When the guys show him around the twenty-first century, George says things that are food for thought, and the guys, especially Matt, bring up serious issues, such as slavery. Matt really makes George think and consider such important things.

 

Matt and Tim must get George safely back to his own time, or all will be lost. Already, the world around them his changing. The United States are regressing into a broken-down colony. Fascinating changes occur as time is in the midst of changing. The race against time is interlaced with baseball. 

 

This is a well-written escapist book that will have fans of history and time travel smiling often. Why not give it a try?

 

I was provided with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Bill Zarchy filmed projects on six continents during his 40 years as a cinematographer, captured in his first book, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil. Now he writes novels, takes photos, and talks of many things.

 

Bill’s career includes filming three former presidents for the Emmy-winning West Wing Documentary Special, the Grammy-winning Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, feature films Conceiving Ada and Read You Like A Book, PBS science series Closer to Truth, musical performances as diverse as the Grateful Dead, Weird Al Yankovic, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and countless high-end projects for technology and medical companies.

 

His tales from the road, personal essays, and technical articles have appeared in Travelers’ Tales and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers, and American Cinematographer, Emmy, and other trade magazines.

 

Bill has a BA in Government from Dartmouth and an MA in Film from Stanford. He taught Advanced Cinematography at San Francisco State for twelve years. He is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the EPIC Storytelling Program at Stagebridge in Oakland. This is his first novel.

 

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Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/Finding-George-Washington-A-Time-Travel-Tale-by-Bill-Zarchy-112403433952296

 

 

The book will be $0.99.

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Washington befriends two Berkeley twenty-somethings who help him cope with the astonishing—and often comical—surprises of the twenty-first century.

Washington’s absence from Valley Forge, however, is not without serious consequences. As the world rapidly devolves around them—and their beloved Giants fight to salvage a disappointing season—George, Tim, and Matt are catapulted on a race across America to find a way to get George back to 1778.

Equal parts time travel tale, thriller, and baseball saga, Finding George Washington is a gripping, humorous, and entertaining look at what happens when past and present collide in the 9th inning, with the bases loaded and no one warming up in the bullpen.


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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Review of Battle of the Bullies

 Hello, I have received a complimentary copy of Battle of the Bullies in exchange for an honest review.

Battle of The Bullies

by Fenyx Blue

 

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GENRE:   Young Adult Contemporary

 

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BLURB:

 

Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson have been through so much more than most high school freshman.  When they were younger, they survived a school shooting that killed their friend and left their sister unable to speak.  After giving home-schooling a try, they enroll in a promising new academy, hoping for the best.  Unfortunately, they get the worst news.  They have become the targets of an anonymous group of bullies who call themselves The Dimes.  Can they bring down The Dimes all while trying to make it through the ninth grade?

 

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Excerpt:

 

An Excerpt from Ebony

 

This week, my anonymous school survey seems to be a complete  success. I’ve walked around the school visiting homerooms, telling them  my story. Most of them somewhat know about my old school’s bombings.  I answer their questions and offer a few of my best ideas for making  changes at this school. School safety may be my platform. I haven’t fully  decided. 

 

The students have responded to my one-question survey in large  numbers. The only question I asked is this: “If you could change one  thing about this school, what would it be?” Replies can be anonymous,  and are confidential. 

 

Long lunch lines—Why do upperclassmen go first? —Anonymous 

 

Theft—They stole my inhaler. I could have died from an asthma attack. —Anonymous

 

Lies—I have never had plastic surgery—I am not even done growing yet. Why would I need  

liposuction or any kind of work done on my lips, nose, or assets? No more lies, please. —Anonymous 

 

Fees—I had to pay for books that someone else ruined! —Anonymous. 

 

Rumors—They planted roaches in my locker, and everyone saw them crawl out. I was  

humiliated. I may not be live in a mansion, but we don’t have ROACHES! —Anonymous 

 

Favoritism—I may not be a millionaire’s kid or have a famous last name, but I deserve the same  

education—even from student teachers. —Anonymous 

 

Teasing—Everyone says I smell bad! —Anonymous 

 

Confidentiality—They told everyone I had to cut my hair because I had lice. I’m sure I  

didn’t tell anyone but the nurse about that! She should be fired! —Anonymous 

 

Peer Pressure!!! —Anonymous 

 

Bullying—Check the internet . . . you’re on there, too. Sorry. —Anonymous 

 

Gangs . . . oops, I mean the Dimes. —Anonymous 

 

As I look through the rest of the surveys, one name continuously  appears: Dimes. 

 

 

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Review: Bullying is a serious problem in schools, and the situation is even more dire at the Chicago International Academy. The bullies there are not only mean, but they are dangerous. Triplets Eris, Ebony, and Emani decide to do something about it. They came from another school where people they cared about were victims to violence, and they will not let the same activities continue at their new school.

 

The triplets have such unique personalities and interests, and author Fenyx Blue does a superb job differentiating them. The secondary characters are important and keep a reader wondering at times. Who are true friends, and who could be potential enemies? When the DIMES, the school’s bully organization, targets Eris, Ebony, and Emani and their friends, how will these sisters respond without getting seriously hurt or having their lives ruined? Things aren’t cut and dry though. The characters are complex with layered motivations. 

 

The plot itself is an exciting unfoldment of the story of heroic young ladies trying to deal with something that no kids should have to face. Mixed within these pages are sublots to add interest and depth. Romance plays a part, which is interwoven into the major plot, and family relationships round out the story. 

 

This coming-of-age book would make a great addition to the bookshelves of those who love young adult stories about realistic problems. I highly recommend it.

 

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

BLUE: Bold, Loving, Unapologetic, and Evolving are words to describe Fenyx Blue. Ms. Blue is an author, Youtuber (FENYX BLUE INK), speaker, ministry leader, mentor, instructional coach and her school district’s former “Those Who Excel” Teacher of the Year. 

Ms. Blue is a soldier in the Blue Fenyx movement encouraging every phoenix in the world to rise up. Blue’s mission is to inspire, motivate and 

educate. Blue speaks to audiences about their purpose and power and works to coach other authors through their journey to become published. 

Her novels are tools for teachers while being candy for students. Fenyx Blue has penned four books in her poetic collection in which she shares true life tales and 

lessons: Her first Young Adult novel entitled Who Failed Johnny? (Book 1 of The Triplet Trilogy), second YA novelBattle of the Bullies, a Children’s book called Worth the Weight: A Rare Gem, and a Poetry Book by the name of The Blue Ink MovementWith the help of her extended family and friends network, her self-published books will touch many lives this year. 

Ms. Blue is a veteran English Teacher who has worked with readers K-12. However, her expertise lies with middle school and high school students which she has mentored, taught, and coached for almost twenty years. Blue created an organization called Team BFF (Team Bully-Free Forever) and has served as its coach for more than ten years. Her students have partnered with other schools, marched, and provided education on bullying. In addition, Blue directs a youth anti-drug program called Snowflake that helps students to solve problems, build relationships and make positive choices. She created an organization called Dads Rock to bring father figures into her school system to develop relationships with students in order to build their confidence and competence in school. 

When Fenyx realized her school did not have an activity for spoken word artists, Blue sponsored a poetry club of junior high students that went on to the final rounds of “The Louder Than a Bomb” competition. Her school has now expanded that club to reach all creative young people and to allow them to share their gifts. With the support of other educators, she developed DIVAS (Daughters Inspiring Values and Sisterhood) to build bonds between middle and high school girls and prepare them to be productive citizens. 

Ms. Fenyx Blue lovingly refers to her squad as neighbors on her YouTube channel @Fenyx Blue Ink because she believes we are all connected in some way. One of her goals is to transform into the best version of herself as she helps others to realize their destinies. Ms. Blue is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and loves to travel, learn, garden, and read. Ms. Blue is currently working on finalizing Book III of The Triplet Trilogy before moving on to a work of nonfiction for teachers. Follow Fenyx Blue @FenyxBlueInk on all Social Media platforms. 

Website for Ms. Fenyx Blue: https://fenyxblueink.wixsite.com/website

Battle of the Bullies 

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A group of upstanders versus a gang of bullies. 

Worth the Weight 

https://amzn.to/33U2WXc

A Christian dad expressing his love for his daughter and the song he sings to teach her to love herself. 

Who Failed Johnny? 

https://amzn.to/2U5stXS

A troubled, mentally unhealthy young man who is dealing with bullying while battling problems at home and the friendships he develops along the way. 

The Blue Ink Movement 

https://amzn.to/312C4Cj

A bold, loving, unapologetic and evolving collection of inspirational, motivational and educational poems about women, education, culture, relationships, and spirituality. 

 

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Welcome to author Ian Williams

 Hello, welcome, and congratulations on your book release.

The Clockmaker's Tale


by Ian Williams

 

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GENRE:   Science Fiction

 

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BLURB:

 

In The Clockmaker’s Tale: and other stories, Ian Williams takes us to the near future and beyond. From a moon base where androids conduct experiments on human test subjects, to futuristic tours of the ocean depths that hide a terrible secret; from a society governed by harsh rule of law that is enforced by AI, to a humble clockmaker tempted by the promise of increased productivity through technological augmentation.

Covering issues such as environmental decay, the end of facts and proven truths, our growing waste problem, and humanity’s tendency to divide when we should come together, this collection of six science fiction stories relates as much to our time as it does to the many possible futures.

 

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Excerpt:

 

From Last Bus to Freedom

 

A hail of bullets bounced off the door only an inch from Justin’s left shoulder. He returned fire, leaning out the door and unleashing a barrage of his own. His aim was off, he was ashamed to see. Still, he’d achieved the reprieve he’d intended. The trucks had backed off, albeit for the purpose of regrouping for another attempt.

 

The next time the trucks tried, Justin was ready. He aimed for the driver of the closest truck, choosing to focus on one target at a time and ignoring the other vehicle beside it. The second he had the driver’s head in his sights, he fired, sending a single bullet through the windscreen and the guy’s right eye.

 

There was nowhere for the second truck to go when the first pulled across its path. They became stuck together in a death roll, chunks of metal and flames flying off in every direction. Bodies landed on the road and were crushed beneath the churning chaos, their body armour stopping none of the impacts. When the two vehicles had finally come to rest in the middle of the road, they were set ablaze by bursting fuel tanks.

 

Everyone aboard the bus cheered in enraged delight, only for their celebration to be cut short a moment later.

 

“Erm, Justin,” Boy said. “You’d better see this?”

 

Please tell me things aren’t about to get worse already.

 

“I think things just got worse.” Boy’s timing was impeccable.

 

 

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Adding Meaning to Stories

 

When I write, I do so to make a point. Often that point is on a topic that is plaguing my mind to the point of obsession. The same was true for each of the stories included in The Clockmaker’s Tale: and other stories. They each focus on an aspect of our current society and the decisions we make, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. That includes subjects such as Climate Change, or plastic waste. The main emphasis of these stories is on what the future may look like if these issues are ignored.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good story as much as the next person. But my favourites all share a common idea: that Sci-Fi should hold a mirror up to society and make it see the errors of its ways. Authors such as Aldous Huxley, with Brave New World; and George Orwell, in 1984, did this to profound effect. And, more recently, authors like Margaret Atwood, with The Handmaid’s Tale. They each told a story while making a critical point.

 

This is what I enjoy most about Sci-Fi, the chance it gives an author to redesign the world how they like or to demonstrate how we might destroy it. That means physically as well as symbolically. After all, if humanity died out, the world would still go on without us. So, at that point, have we harmed the planet or just made it uninhabitable for us? Or is there no risk of this happening at all, and that science has just gotten it wrong?

 

Answering that question depends on many things, one being your opinion on subjects such as the recent pandemic or Climate Change. Those who don’t accept these things are happening would often argue that Climate Change doesn’t exist and that our planet is changing naturally, so no harm is being done. Or that the pandemic is a lie and that no such illnesses even exist. These opinions before facts are dangerous too; it makes ignoring our problems much easier.

 

This leads me to a few of the subject matters covered by the stories included in this collection. At some point over the past year, these stories have become my entire world. When we missed environmental targets, I fumed and complained. I then put that frustration to work and wrote Post-Truth Tours. When I read about the plastic waste in our oceans, in our food, even inside our bodies, I worried myself silly. Then I wrote Waste Not. And when I witnessed parts of society turn their back on science during the COVID-19 pandemic, I put my fears into the story 10,000.

 

That, for me, is the true power of writing. We can create stories to entertain but also to raise awareness on subjects important to us. And within these fictional yarns, we can add meaning, either at the fore or hidden away. The message can be big and brash, like a kick to the head. Or it can be more subtle, like a tiny voice that whispers to you in the dark. All you have to do is listen out for it.

 

So, when reading this book, my hope is that people are encouraged to ponder these issues. But whether you are as concerned about them as I am, I still hope you enjoy my stories first and foremost. Because making a point aside, that is the main aim of my writings.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Ian Williams is a Science Fiction writer from the UK. He lives in a small town not far from London. Ian had a short career in the UK Court Service but was forced to quit that job when his medical condition worsened. Now, from the comfort of his wheelchair, he writes the stories he has always wanted to read. His writing spans lightyears of space, to near-future Earths; from small changes to society, to entirely new civilisations.

 

Author WebsiteHOME | Ian Williams Sci-Fi Author (ianwilliamsauthor.com)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ian-Williams-Author-Page-1552239548176515/

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/iwilliams235

Amazon Buy Linkhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B091FYYFBZ

 

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Review of When Destiny Calls

 Hello, I was given a copy of the time-travel romance, When Destiny Calls, by Tricia McGill, in exchange for an honest review.

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From one crazy period in history to another.

 

Whisked by some unseen force from the Covid-19 ridden world of 2020 in Australia, to an equally horrific time in the past, carer Chloe Simpson finds herself in North London during the Blitz of 1940. Could be that Chloe became too immersed in the stories related to her by Minnie, a woman in the Australian nursing home where she cares for elderly people? Stories about the dreadful days and nights endured during the Blitz.

 

Engrossed in the stories surrounding photographs in 98-year-old Minnie Clacton’s cherished album, back in time Chloe meets up with the young Minnie plus her own Great Great Grandmother Aggie.

In the midst of an air raid, Chloe is discovered, wet and confused, by a man and his dog. A man and his canine companion who coincidentally appeared prominently in the photo album alongside the young Minnie and Aggie. Did Chloe simply answer the call of Destiny?

 

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Excerpt:

 

She settled back and began to turn pages with extreme care. When she found what she was obviously looking for, she pointed to one photograph and said with a grin, “There’s me and Aggie your dear old Gran, Chloe. Oh the fun we had, Aggie and I. So sad she couldn’t remember our good old days in the years before she went up there.” A finger pointed to the ceiling. 

 

I sat on the bed and looked down at the faded sepia photo. “You were a good looking pair, Minnie, no wonder all the boys in Highbury were chasing you.” I pointed to a man who stood just behind my Gran, and asked, “Who’s the good-looking hunk there? Is he one of the boys who was after you?” 

 

The hunk in question must have been about six feet tall and as far as I could tell, had a good body on him and a thick mop of dark hair brushed back from a very handsome face.

 

Minnie rearranged her spectacles on her nose and peered closer. “Oh, that’s good old Bill—William McGrace—all the girls hoped he would choose them…”


Review:


Chloe’s trip back to the World War II era changes her life dramatically. She’s a young woman living in Australia in modern-day times. Her work with the elderly had gained her some friends with stories that draw her in. One day, she is mugged and suffers a head injury. She wakes up in England, found by a man and his dog.  Chloe discovers her predicament and wonders if it would be wise to tell those around her the truth of her origins.

 

A kind-hearted family takes her in while London is being bombed by the enemy. Chloe lives with them in a shelter, knowing the war will go on for years. Reading about her day-to-day living through this difficult time is like recalling a grandparent’s account of their youth. It’s fascinating and personal. The author really takes the time to develop the setting, not forgetting to build complex characters and events that are touching.

 

Chloe falls in love with Bill. She tries to tell him the truth, but he doesn’t believe her. She decides to put the past (or is it the future?) behind her. Can she survive without all of the modern conveniences she is used to? Life around them is so chaotic and uncertain.

 

Readers follow Chloe and Bill through time, their ups and downs, creating a homey, delightful storyline. However, as all of this is happening, readers are left to ponder if Chloe will be ripped out of her life in the past and dragged back to her present. The looming threat remains throughout. A family mystery appears. Will she ever get answers? This is a fun story that will leave readers wondering what will happen to Chloe until the end. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Award winning author Tricia McGill spent her early days in Highbury, London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.

 

Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time, she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?” 

 

www.triciamcgill.com

http://triciamg.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/authorTriciaMcGill

 

Buy links for When Destiny Calls:

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http://www.triciamcgill.com

 

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Welcome to author Dennis Woods

 Hello, Dennis, welcome, and congratulations on your book release. 

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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INTERVIEW 

 

What are four things you can’t live without? Having spent several years in war zones, the 4 things I can’t live without are electricity, running water, security and white bread.

What is your favorite television show? As of this writing I’m working on season 3 of Love Island so for now I’d say Love Island.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why? John Snow from the Game of Thrones series. His leadership development mirrored some of my personal struggles minus the Danerys Targaryen character.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for? The 20th anniversary of 9/11 edition of Black Flag Journals.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing? Hemmingway, the first time I read his work it immediately affected my writing. 

 

 

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: https://twitter.com/djwoodswrites

 

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