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In the News | Author Donna McAleer appointed to Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

They made a good choice! We are proud to know Donna and to have published her award winning book, Porcelain On Steel | Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line. Donna is a staunch advocate for veterans and has worked tirelessly on behalf of women veteran’s rights. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Lindenmeyer, one of the women profiled in Donna’s book, has also been appointed to this committee.

Read the press release from the Department of Defense

Defense Advisory Committee on Women In The Service

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Upcoming – DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

The full truth about the world’s first DEFENDER DOLPHINS has never been told — until now!

Meet Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad, Project Short Time’s highly trained defender dolphins who protected a key ammunition pier in Vietnam — and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with dolphins, many of them their descendants.

Learn how the author — the Navy’s First Marine Mammal Officer — as well as all the scientists, engineers, military leaders, and trainers built the Navy’s SECRET Marine Mammal Program literally from scratch, added to scientific knowledge, and successfully saved lives and high value resources during the Vietnam War.

Included inside are:

• Never-before-seen historic photographs.

• A timeline of events, a map, and a glossary.

• Behind-the-scenes human-interest stories.

• Profiles of key personnel.

• A look at the defender dolphins and other key marine mammals.

• A where-are-they-now summary.

• A refutation of common misconceptions and distortions about military dolphins.

 

Detailed and fascinating account of a clandestine effort undertaken decades ago during the Vietnam war...”

— James Zumwalt, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (ret.), son of Admiral Elmo R. (Bud) Zumwalt Jr., the Chief of Naval Operations who ordered the deployment of Project Short Time

Of great interest to readers…”

— Ricou Browning, author/creator of the popular 1960s movie and television franchise Flipper

Hal Goforth’s remarkable story details for the first time the partnership forged between man and dolphins...”

— Terrie M. Williams., Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

DEFENDER DOLPHINS: The Story of Project Short Time is the never-before-told eyewitness account of a unique and daring SECRET project during the Vietnam War involving the first-ever military use of dolphins.

Even though the facts contained in DEFENDER DOLPHINS were declassified in 1992, no one has attempted to document the amazing project — until now. Myths and lies have filled the void, calling into question the integrity of the program that saved lives in Vietnam, added to scientific knowledge, and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with trained dolphins, many of them descendants of the original defender dolphins. Ten years in the making, DEFENDER DOLPHINS corrects the misconceptions by spelling out the true story.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS begins with the early days of nascent marine mammal research at California’s Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake and Point Mugu Naval Missile Center, and follows the “Secret Fish People” at the Naval Undersea Center Hawaii Lab, to deployment of the Swimmer Defense System at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Behind-the-scenes stories bring to life the men and women who sacrificed to make Project Short Time a success. The book also effectively refutes many of the rumors, distortions, and misinformation still floating around about military use of dolphins.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS highlights the vision, ingenuity, persistence, and personal sacrifice of the pioneers who braved low budgets, brutal deadlines, and bureaucratic snafus to achieve something new and great with Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad — the defender dolphins.

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DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

Booksellers or organizations interested in placing wholesale orders can contact us to request details and information.

Distributor: Ingram
Page count: 252
Hardback (with dust-jacket): ISBN 978-1-937592-30-1 Retail: $ 23.95
Trade Paperback: ISBN 978-1-937592-31-8 Retail: $13.95

The full truth about the world’s first DEFENDER DOLPHINS has never been told — until now!

Meet Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad, Project Short Time’s highly trained defender dolphins who protected a key ammunition pier in Vietnam — and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with dolphins, many of them their descendants.

Learn how the author — the Navy’s First Marine Mammal Officer — as well as all the scientists, engineers, military leaders, and trainers built the Navy’s SECRET Marine Mammal Program literally from scratch, added to scientific knowledge, and successfully saved lives and high value resources during the Vietnam War.

Included inside are:

• Never-before-seen historic photographs.

• A timeline of events, a map, and a glossary.

• Behind-the-scenes human-interest stories.

• Profiles of key personnel.

• A look at the defender dolphins and other key marine mammals.

• A where-are-they-now summary.

• A refutation of common misconceptions and distortions about military dolphins.

 

Detailed and fascinating account of a clandestine effort undertaken decades ago during the Vietnam war...”

— James Zumwalt, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (ret.), son of Admiral Elmo R. (Bud) Zumwalt Jr., the Chief of Naval Operations who ordered the deployment of Project Short Time

Of great interest to readers…”

— Ricou Browning, author/creator of the popular 1960s movie and television franchise Flipper

Hal Goforth’s remarkable story details for the first time the partnership forged between man and dolphins...”

— Terrie M. Williams., Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

DEFENDER DOLPHINS: The Story of Project Short Time is the never-before-told eyewitness account of a unique and daring SECRET project during the Vietnam War involving the first-ever military use of dolphins.

Even though the facts contained in DEFENDER DOLPHINS were declassified in 1992, no one has attempted to document the amazing project — until now. Myths and lies have filled the void, calling into question the integrity of the program that saved lives in Vietnam, added to scientific knowledge, and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with trained dolphins, many of them descendants of the original defender dolphins. Ten years in the making, DEFENDER DOLPHINS corrects the misconceptions by spelling out the true story.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS begins with the early days of nascent marine mammal research at California’s Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake and Point Mugu Naval Missile Center, and follows the “Secret Fish People” at the Naval Undersea Center Hawaii Lab, to deployment of the Swimmer Defense System at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Behind-the-scenes stories bring to life the men and women who sacrificed to make Project Short Time a success. The book also effectively refutes many of the rumors, distortions, and misinformation still floating around about military use of dolphins.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS highlights the vision, ingenuity, persistence, and personal sacrifice of the pioneers who braved low budgets, brutal deadlines, and bureaucratic snafus to achieve something new and great with Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad — the defender dolphins.

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Profiles in Patriotic Leadership

Profiles in Patriotic Leadership

The ebook and paperback is available now from Greg Slavonic, author of Leadership In Action

“Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

- Harry S. Truman

Profiles in Patriotic LeadershipLeadership is a word heard in the news every day.

It has received more emphasis in the past four years than ever before due to what some would say a failure of leadership by many in positions of authority within our government and corporate America.

The need for leadership has perhaps never been more important than it is today.

Leaders who come from a military career or have previously served in the military have a perspective on how to lead and how to be effective. In the military, when a person is given the responsibility to lead, he or she does exactly that – they lead.

Those serving under them can trust and believe in what they say. Their word is their bond.

Today we need such honesty… we need such faith and trust… more importantly we need our leaders to do the job required of them.

That’s what this book is about. ORDER NOW

 Contributors (alphabetically):

Brian T. Costello, Captain, U.S.Navy (Retired)

D. Kevin Elliott, Master Chief, U.S. Navy

Thomas F. Hall, former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)

Steve Valley, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Reserve

John Wagner, Major, U.S. Army Reserve

Donald J. Wetekam, Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired)

Rob Wray, Rear Admiral, U.S.Navy

James G. Zumwalt, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

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In the News | Author, Jim Zumwalt’s son receives Bronze Star

From Dennis Lowery |

James E. Zumwalt receiving the Bronze Star

James E. Zumwalt receiving the Bronze Star

I am very proud to announce that my good friend and author, Jim Zumwalt‘s, son James was recently awarded the Bronze Star.

James, who left the service last year and now works for a defense contractor, served two tours in Iraq with EOD teams that were routinely exposed to sniper fire and deadly explosives. His citation reads: “for exceptionally meritorious service in Iraq in 2010 with a Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team.”

James is the fourth generation of Zumwalt’s to receive the Bronze Star. You can read an article on that at:

Bronze Star for four generations of Zumwalt family

 

 

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Coming Soon | Profiles in Patriotic Leadership

From Dennis Lowery |

I’m proud to tell you a little bit about a new book we’re publishing (coming in July) from Greg Slavonic, author of Leadership In Action:

“Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

- Harry S. Truman

Profiles in Patriotic LeadershipLeadership is a word heard in the news every day.

It has received more emphasis in the past four years than ever before due to what some would say a failure of leadership by many in positions of authority within our government and corporate America.

The need for leadership has perhaps never been more important than it is today.

Leaders who come from a military career or have previously served in the military have a perspective on how to lead and how to be effective. In the military, when a person is given the responsibility to lead, he or she does exactly that – they lead.

Those serving under them can trust and believe in what they say. Their word is their bond.

Today we need such honesty… we need such faith and trust… more importantly we need our leaders to do the job required of them.

That’s what this book is about.

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REVIEW | El Capitan – “this isn’t just about a career in the Navy, it’s about character”

El Capitan

From Dennis Lowery

James Palmer’s review of ¡El Capitán! | The Making of an American Naval Officer points out something very important. It’s a quality that we sorely need in all aspects of our life… and we need our leaders (corporate, government and military) to exemplify this quality. The traits of: Character, Ethics and Integrity. Their strength or lack of, in individuals, can build or break: our society, our communities, our economy, our government and our personal relationships.

We are so very proud of Frank Gamboa and his book. He exemplifies those three traits at their highest and brightest levels.

Non Sibi Sed Patriae!

Read the complete review: “A Man of Character”.

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REVIEW | Flotsam & Jetsam – a brilliant remembrance of Life in the Submarine Service

By Jay M. Siegel

Flotsam & Jetsam | A collection of Sea Stories that have washed ashore during a forty-year career in the United States Navy

Flotsam & Jetsam | A collection of Sea Stories that have washed ashore during a forty-year career in the United States NavyAs I read Hank McKinney’s book, I was fascinated and amazed by his ability to recount details of every phase of his Navy career, from midshipman to admiral. His recall is truly incredible. And not only does he recall events, he relates them with understanding, with humor, and with depth. Having retired from the Navy after 35 years of service, I look back through a fog of memories. Hank McKinney looks back through a microscope, and one with a crystal-clear lens. For anyone who has served in the Navy this book will bring back memories long-forgotten. For anyone who has not served, the book will entertain, delight, and inform.

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Book Review | “Leadership In Action should be read and studied by those who seek to make a difference”

Book Review from NewsOK:

Leadership In Action, should be read and studied by those who seek to make a difference. According to the author (retired Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic), honor, courage and commitment must be the cornerstones for our country’s return to greatness.

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El Capitan | The Making of an American Naval Officer

El Capitan | The Making of an American Naval Officer

Hardcover: 456 pages

ISBN: 978-0984637171

Kindle Edition - ASIN: B005HZDQ7W

In 1958, Frank Gamboa became the first Mexican American from Owens Valley, California, to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. His memoir’s focus is his professional development as a naval officer of the line from 1958 to 1988 in the U.S. Navy’s surface warfare community. It highlights his duties, challenges and opportunities during more than 17 years of sea duty in destroyers, a cruiser, and six amphibious warships operating in the Navy’s Second and Third Fleets; and in frequent and extended deployments in the Sixth and Seventh Fleets during the Cold War.

¡El Capitán! portrays the leadership, management, technical and seamanship skills required to succeed in shipboard billets ranging from division officer to commanding officer and squadron commander, in ranks from ensign to captain. It describes Gamboa’s performance as the first Mexican-American naval surface warfare officer to command a major warship as a Commander, the first to command major warship as a Captain, and the first to command a squadron of amphibious warships as a captain.

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