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Col. John T. Carney Jr., the founding father of Air Force Special Tactics, was the first commanding officer of any such unit. Originally a six-man team known as Brand X, this elite unit now comprises a group of seven squadrons deployed worldwide. In 1996, Carney was presented the U.S. Special Operations Command Medal for his outstanding contributions to the revitalization of special operations, and, in 1997, he was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame. He is now President of the non-profit Special Operations Warrior Foundation providing full college scholarships to over 360 children of Special Operators killed in service to their country. He lives in Tampa, Florida. Benjamin F. Schemmer is a West Point and Army Ranger graduate, and a former paratrooper. He is the author of The Raid. He has written for The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and has long been a frequent lecturer at military command, staff, and war colleges. He lives in Naples, Florida. From the Hardcover edition.


"An honest and accurate depiction of U.S. special operations forces, written by the officer who led our most sensitive units on the most dangerous missions."
Former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

"This page-turner offers a straightforward, insightful view of the evolution of the U.S. Air Force's heroic but largely unsung Special Tactics units. . . . An exciting, action-packed story by a legendary figure in the Special Operations community, with a co-author and editor who fought hard to win us support to revitalize America's 'quiet professionals.' "
Former Commander-in-Chief U.S. Special Operation Command
Coauthor (with Tom Clancy and Tony Lotz) of Shadow Warriors

"It is the story of bravery, heroism and American ingenuity at its very best."
Former Commander-in-Chief U.S. TRANSCOM
and Military Airlift Command From the Hardcover edition.

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