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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

☀ Black Flag Journals: One Soldier's Experience in America's Longest War - Dennis John Woods

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Black Flag Journals: One Soldier's Experience in America's Longest War, a Memoir by (, Koehler Books, 343 pages).

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below.

Author Dennis John Woods will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.  

Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).

|| Synopsis || Teaser: KCR Preview || About the Author || Giveaway & Tour Stops ||


The story of America’s longest war is complicated and difficult to convey, unless you were there. Dennis Woods was there. By following his stories in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can sense the enormity of his combat experiences. Originally written for his daughter, Black Flag Journals is taken from the author’s nine battle book journals. It covers his time from the fall of the Twin Towers through his last combat tour.

Black Flag Journals contains not just stories from the first war of the new century, but a day-by-day record of events that other veterans may use to relate their own experiences. All who enjoy real life stories, and followers of history will connect with this first person account of America’s longest war.

About the Author

CSM Woods' combat tours include;
  • Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, 82d Airborne Division.
  • Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia – Iraq, 82d Airborne Division.
  • Operation Desert Fox 1998, Qatar, 5th Group Special Forces.
  • OEF 2 Afghanistan, 82d Airborne Division.
  • OIF 1 Iraq, First Armored Division.
  • OIF 6 Iraq, First Armored Division.
  • OEF X Afghanistan, 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
  • OEF XIII Afghanistan, 191st Infantry Brigade
CSM Woods civilian education includes a Master of Education, (training & leadership) from North Central University, Prescott AZ, and a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior, Albany, New York.

Military education includes the United States Sergeants Majors Academy class #58, Army force management course, Jump Master, Drill Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Infantry Small Arms Master Gunner, Artillery Master Gunner, Amphibious Warfare leaders’ course (USMC), Anti-Armor Leaders course, Machine Gun Leaders course, Artillery Mechanics repair course, Small Arms repair course, Nuclear Biological Chemical defense, and all levels of air load planning and hazmat certification USAF.

CSM Woods awards include; one Distinguished Service medal, one Legion Of Merit,( 5) Bronze Star Medals, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 ARCOM, 4 AAM, 1 Humanitarian service medal, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary medals, Afghanistan and Iraq service medals. German Jump Master Wings, Qatar Jump wings as part of 5th Group, Netherlands Jumpmaster wings. Other awards include; Department of Defense “Inventor of the year” (2003) with 45 separate inventions. CSM Woods saved the United States Government over one Billion Dollars through cost avoidance. He is also the first recipient of the GRUBER award for an outstanding field artillery professional.

CSM Woods is credited by the US Army Smart Ideas program as the inventor of;
  • The 105mm Howitzer night direct fire sight system M913 GELON.
  • The 155mm towed Howitzer night sight system.
  • The dual use day/ night direct fire sight reticule.
  • The Dual optic MILES Laser trainer.
  • The Urban Assault kit (PALADIN) improved crew protection, 155mm system.
On his most recent tour to Afghanistan, CSM Woods pioneered the first use of artillery training rounds in combat as a form of scalable fire support designed to limit civilian death and collateral damage. He is the author of, ‘Black Flag Journals One Soldiers Experience in America’s Longest War’, and numerous magazine, newspaper articles, including training pamphlets concerning Artillery, night vision, and combat operations.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Dennis Woods said...

Thank you for hosting my book. This first person account will answer questions concerning Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sherry said...

I really like the cover and think the book sounds great.

Rose-Marie said...

What an amazing background and experience. I love non-fiction, and I want to read this, it sounds great!

AuntySuzany said...

First, Thank you for your service! Sounds like a very good book! Thank you for sharing!

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