A Carrier At War: On Board the USS Kitty Hawk in the Iraq by Richard F. Miller

By Richard F. Miller

What distinguishes Richard F. Miller's A provider at conflict is its concentrate on person officials and sailors and shipboard morale as unique from the standard "bomb and bullet" reporting. The USS Kitty Hawk's undertaking 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 area, the Kitty Hawk grew to become one of many lead parts within the crusade to "shock and awe" the Iraqi militia, from the instant her conflict crew 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 earlier than, in the course of, and after the start of the warfare, interviewed the ship's captain, chaplains, aviators, the send psychologist, medical professionals, the dentist, and the executive of defense. He visited the brig, interviewed the jailors, ate with either officials and enlisted women and men, and, close to struggle, attended either Christian and Jewish spiritual providers. maybe of maximum significance, as a result of his cigar behavior, he spent many hours within the one position on board the place the genuine face of lifestyles at sea may be observed-the enlisted personnel's smoking sponson. the following the team cozy and proved sincere sufficient to allow the writer to make his so much striking discoveries in regards to the sleek army.

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S. Navy. Ah, how I miss smokers’ etiquette! The purpose of tonight’s briefing is to review the ground rules for shipbound reporters. Lt. Cdr. David Werner explains these while various agreements are circulated for our signature. I may be the only person present who has a law degree, but the spirits of my fellow members of the bar haunt the room. Werner explains that no one goes anywhere without signing these agreements, which are the essence of contracts of adhesion and are about as negotiable as the rental contract one signs at a Hertz counter.

The airport is bright, new, modern, and at this hour half-empty, but the custom agents and guards look bored, perform their jobs laxly, and wear dark green uniforms that fit poorly. The floors are clean and shiny, but the people walking on them—the women in black, head-to-toe abayas and the men in white robes, red-checked kaffiyehs, and sandals—don’t quite fit in with the modern architecture. However, there are some who fit in quite well. They are Indian and Pakistani guest workers imported by the kingdom to do the work that the Arabs won’t or can’t do.

Extra precautions in reporting will be required at the commencement of hostilities to maximize operational surprise. Live broadcasts from airfields, on the ground or afloat, by embedded media are prohibited until the safe return of the initial strike package or until authorized by the unit commander. During an operation, specific information on friendly force troop movements, tactical deployments, and dispositions that would jeopardize operational security or lives. Information on on-going engagements will not be released unless authorized for release by on-scene commander.

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