Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Trident By Jason Redman

The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

"There already are many books on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There will be more, including by those who experienced the fire of combat.  This story, though, is not just about a SEAL on the Iraqi battlefield, but a SEAL at war with himself, and his ultimate victory.  I believe his story will inspire the reader, just as it did me."
--Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense, 2006-2011

Former Lieutenant Jason Redman had a legendary career as a SEAL from 1995-2013 and was deployed to Columbia, Peru, Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as a team assault force commander. In western Iraq alone, he conducted forty capture-kill missions with his men and captured more than 120 Al Qaida insurgent leaders and fighters.

But the high-stakes of combat are only part of his story. THE TRIDENT: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader is an intense and unforgettable story of a man's determination to overcome adversity no matter the cost. Redman's journey - from his training as a SEAL and the early years when he struggled to find the balance between bravery and bravado, to his near-death and subsequent recovery - is the evolution of a modern warrior, husband, and father. This is a man who has come to embody the never-say-die spirit that defines this elite fighting force.

Some topics that Jason discusses in the book and can discuss in interviews are:
  •          The forging of a Navy SEAL - all Jason wanted to do from a very young age was to be a Navy SEAL.  He discusses his infatuation with the military and SEALs in particular, including his family's military history, as well as the long road to getting his Trident.
  •          The reforging of a Navy SEAL - during a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan, Jason makes a critical error that got him into a great deal of trouble. He risked losing his Trident, and battled his own emotions to come back as a leader. Although it was a dark time for him, his faith and his family helped him recommit to his career.
  •          His injury - during a battle in Iraq in 2007, Jason was seriously wounded by gunshots to the arm and face, requiring over 30 surgeries.  While hospitalized, he posted a sign on his door warning anyone who entered that they should not "feel sorry for" his wounds. He discusses in depth how he was injured, what the recovery process was like for him as well as his wife Erica, and how it led him to form his company, Wounded Wear.
  •          How military service affects families - between trainings and missions, the life of a SEAL took a huge toll on Jason's relationship with his wife Erica (as well as their children). Jason also discusses how his family helped him survive the long missions, and how in his darkest times with the SEALs Erica stood by him. 
  •          Missions - From the jungles of South America, to the swamps of Florida, to the desserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, Jason has no shortage of experience handling all types of missions. Jason thoroughly explains each mission and how it helped him become a better SEAL and a better leader.

THE TRIDENT is an intense and unforgettable story of a man's determination to overcome adversity no matter the cost.

More about the author: Former Lieutenant Jason Redman spent 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), and the Combat Action Ribbon (two awards). After being severely wounded in Iraq while acting as Assault Force Commander, Redman returned to active duty with the Navy SEALs, retiring in 2013. He has founded a non-profit corporation called Wounded Wear, which provides clothing tailored for wounded warriors. He and his wife Erica live with their children in Virginia.

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