Ed Schroeder, class of 1970 is the author of the best selling book, Duty, Honor, Country: Kill, Capture or do Nothing. Available at Amazon and book stores. Highly recommended, a real page turner, congratulations Ed Schroeder.
Duty, Honor, Country: Kill, Capture or do Nothing
By Ed Schroeder
Published by DAMNATION Books LLC
E-Book ISBN: 9781615729098
Print Book ISBN: 9781615729104
“Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn”.
General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur
The fictional account of the United States most secret Special Operations unit, the “Activity.”
One day training with Norwegian Special Forces in the snow, the next carrying out a mission in the sweltering heat of the Horn of Africa; life is never boring for America’s most secret Special Operations unit. Their current “Black” designation is “Tacit Avenger, operational name Ranger-1; formally known as the Army Intelligence Support Activity, still referred to as the “Activity.”
This unit never makes the news and very little is known about them. The unit is unique in the world of special operations in that they have the ability to generate their own intelligence through electronics means and immediately act on it. This is the fictional account of the real unit of nameless, faceless men who silently and without fanfare keep America safe in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. Their heroism and bravery only known to themselves, upholding the values of Duty, Honor, Country.
The London Daily Mirror described Ranger-1 as: “Experts in intelligence analysis and agent running, and they are trained at the highest Special Forces level in military tactics. They are the least known and the most fearsome unit in America. This is one of the most secretive units within the American spook and military Special Forces world, and they are at the tip of every operation—public and secret. After being assigned to the mission six months ago, Ranger-1 members were among the ‘Operation Neptune Spear’ squad of Navy commandos who killed bin Laden in his Abbottabad fortress in the early hours of May 1, 2012.”
Maxwell was surprised to have read a description of his unit in the press. The “powers that be” in the intelligence community always went out of their way to protect the unit’s secrecy. Like most of the stories run by the press, the basic facts were correct, but the details had nothing to do with reality.
Ranger-1 did participate in “Operation Neptune Spear”, the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Ranger-1 team members were in a safe house down the street from the bin Laden compound. They were the ones who determined that the house had no telephone or Internet connections. On mission day, it was Maxwell’s team who determined that “Geronimo” was in the house. They cut the power to the neighborhood, disabled the phone lines, and jammed all cell phone communications while SEAL Team 6 was inbound to carry out the mission. Three days after the successful completion of “Operation Neptune Spear”, the team exfiltrated the Abbottabad area and made their way to a clandestine landing zone, where they were extracted from Pakistan.
While other special operations teams like the Navy SEAL’s and Delta Force regularly made the news; Ranger-1 operates covertly and discreetly. They go in, do their job, and get out quietly. Secrecy is essential to the successful completion of their missions. Most in the military have never heard of Ranger-1 or their classified unit operating designation, “Tacit Avenger”.
The second novel in this series, Duty, Honor, Country: Back in Black, will be published Summer 2013.
Alumni looking to contact friends and classmates.
If you attended Linton Hall Military School in the late 1940′s and early 1950′s and you know John Guise, he would like to hear from you.
John’s email is: email@example.com
What ever your beliefs, wishing all our readers a Happy Holidays!!!
|Sister Joan Ann Hallerman, O.S.B.|
|December 2nd, 1934 – March 6th, 2010|
|Sister Joan Ann Hallerman, O.S.B. died suddenly on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Born in Richmond, Virginia on December 2, 1934, she became a member of the Benedictine Sisters at Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow, Virginia in 1952. Having received her B.A. in education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Sister Joan Ann was an elementary school teacher for her entire career of 56 years. She taught at St. Paul’s, St. Benedict’s, St. Rose of Lima and Sacred Heart in the Diocese of Richmond, and at St. Charles, St. Leo’s, and All Saints in the Diocese of Arlington. She was assigned to the Benedictine Sisters Linton Hall School in Bristow four times in her years of teaching and spent the past 36 years there. Beloved by her sisters in community, her students and many of the Linton Hall Alum, Sister Joan Ann was often visited by returning students. She loved arts and crafts and ran the Sisters’ Christmas sale for many years. Always at the center of the community, Sister Joan Ann was in charge of the Benedictine Sisters’ ministry of hospitality and was a welcoming presence for visitors.|
If you attended L.H.M.S. in the late 50′s and early 60′s you would have known her as Sister Placidus. Sister Joan Ann was a prefect, art teacher and ran the Canteen. She was involved in all aspects of life at Linton Hall. She was the one responsible for planning all the L.H.M.S. Alumni events. She truly cared about the Cadets and kept many as life long friends. Thank you Sister Joan Ann for all you did for so many of us.
I found your Linton Hall Memories page today. I went there for 5th and 6th grade (1962-1964). It really sounds as if our experiences were very similar. Even though when I talk about Linton Hall I always do it in a humorous way, there really was nothing humorous about it, was there.
My fondest memory was having the mumps and getting to stay in the infirmary for a few days. It was like heaven. No inspections or drilling, but best of all they had a little radio that I could listen to Beatles songs on.
My least favorite memory was spending any freezing Saturday outside practicing drills or sham battles. I always admired those who tried to run away.”
On this day fifty some years ago, I would have been going through my footlocker for the last time, checking that I had six of this and four of that. For the last week my footlocker would have been in the corner of the family room. By mid August we would have received my name tags from the company in New York. My mother would sit in her chair watching TV and sewing on my name tags.
The big purchase for the new school year was the bathrobe. Because we all wore uniforms the bathrobe was one of the few things that could express your individuality. Flannel or terry cloth, plain or with a design. After a few weeks of school you could identify everyone in your dorm by their bathrobe.
The check list said white high top tennis shoes. They had to be “Chuck’s”, Converse, Chuck Taylor’s. If you were “cool” and able to convince your parents that it was ok, you got black, low top “Chuck’s”. Sears had Converse tennis shoes under their own label but if you wore those you would hear it from your friends.
The Summer had come to an end and it was time to go back to school. It would be interesting to see who returned and who did not. It wasn’t uncommon to find your best friend did not return and you really never got a chance to say goodbye. Usually the kids who talked the loudest at the end of the school year that they were not coming back, were the first ones back! The questions, what dorm will I be in? What Company will I be in? Who will my teachers be? would, all soon be answered.
Love it or hate it, the time had come…….