James Holbrook began his U.S. military career in the Navy before becoming an Army private and retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served as an assistant army attach at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in 1979-1981. Before his Moscow assignment, Holbrook worked for eighteen years in a wide variety of Army intelligence positionsas an enlisted Russian linguist in West Berlin, commander of an intelligence detachment in South Vietnam, and as an operational and strategic analyst in the Pentagon and Headquarters, U.S. Army, Europe. In 1976-1977, he served in East Germany with the U.S. Military Liaison Mission attached to the Commander in Chief, Soviet Group of Forces. Touring East Germany with other officers and non-commissioned officers, he played cat and mouse with East German and Soviet military and intelligence forces. Using recently declassified Army files, he published an account of that assignment in his Potsdam Mission: Memoir of a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer in Communist East Germany. The author holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from The American University and a Doctorate from Georgetown University. He taught Russian at the National Security Agency, The American University and the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Holbrooks military decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and several service and campaign ribbons. He retired from the Army in 1989 and now lives in Pueblo, Colorado.
Despite that contradiction, the state has an abundance of natural resources, history, and adventureespecially for the members of the Coast Guard that oversee its massive coastline.
Captain Jeffrey Hartman served four tours of duty in Alaska with the Coast Guard. He outlines the history of Alaska and its culture and describes his experiences overseeing a number of rescue missions there. Hartman illustrates with personal experience the challenges and dangers the Service faces in carrying out its missions protecting the Alaska people, environment and maritime infrastructure. He flew helicopters from Coast Guard icebreakers, on rescue and law enforcement missions and managed the search and rescue program on Alaskas waters.
Guarding Alaska explains the many important functions that the Coast Guard serves and also examines how its changed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Youll feel like youre in the middle of the action as you gain a deeper appreciation for the state and the people who protect it.
Remembering (Korea: 1950-1953)
By Dennis J. Ottley
Remembering (Korea: 1950-1953) is the author’s memoir. This book describes his involvement in Korea during the Korean War and points out the reasoning behind the conflict.
Over the years, the Korean War has been considered “The Forgotten War” by many. At one time, President Harry S. Truman referred to it as a “Police Action,” but 5,720,000 Americans who served in Korean have never forgotten what it was about and that it was much more than just a “Police Action.” They understand that it was an all-out war, and one of the bloodiest in American history. It involved over 20 countries of the United Nations that joined with the United States to save the South Koreans from annihilation and the tyranny of the communist countries, such as Russia and North Korea.
On July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed and today South Korea remains as a free nation and one of the strongest and wealthiest countries in Asia. This book is to help Americans understand what the war was all about and describe one soldier’s experience and opinion of the conflict.
Potsdam Mission traces the development of the author into a Soviet/Russian specialist and U.S. Army intelligence officer. The author then relates his own intelligence collection forays into East Germany by taking the reader on trips that include several harrowing experiences and four arrests/detentions by the Soviets
Finally, the author describes the challenges and rewards of interpreting at USMLM and comments on the important role played by the Mission in Cold War intelligence.