A former New York City Firefighter was invited to the commissioning of the Navy Amphibious ship, USS New York. He was so impressed with the ship and its crew that he wanted to do something to honor their service to our nation. John contacted me a few months ago to ask me if I could help him in his project.
John was assembling a collection of books to donate to the New York’s library. He wanted to provide a selection of books written about New York, its fire and police departments, 9/11 and the current war on terror. John wanted to make it a world-class collection, worthy of filling the shelves of USS New York’s library. And, he wanted to have each of the books autographed by the author. That’s why John contacted me. He asked me if I would sign a copy of New Dawn.
The USS New York LPD21 is taking the war on terror to our enemies. USS New York, whose bow is forged from 75 tons of steel of the fallen World Trade Center, is now an active participant in the Navy/Marine, Blue/Green team. New York can carry 1,000 Marines and their equipment to any hotspot in the world and can forward deploy as part of an Amphibious Ready Group to stand ready near potential hot spots.
The Blue/Green team provides the United States military with a unique capability. They provide a mobile platform that has staying power anywhere in the world. And, while remaining in international waters, they can send a message without creating an international incident. They provide a credible deterrent because they stand ready to protect Americans, provide disaster relief, or project American military force where necessary.
It is safe to assume that at least one Marine Expeditionary Unit is afloat today and they are standing ready to evacuate American citizens from Egypt, Bahrain or Tunisia.
Only the Navy/Marine team can provide the expeditionary capability needed in our turmoil trodden future. Multi-million dollar fighter jets won’t protect us from the hazards of the 21st Century but the Navy/Marine team stands ready to deal with real crises now and in the foreseeable future.
Please help John and me to promote USS New York’s new library. If you know an author of books that would be appropriate for this library, please contact me through my website at www.newdawnbook.com.Read the full post and comments »