The above is the title of Frank Gallagher’s upcoming book. It will be available the first quarter of next year. The book is co – authored with John M. Del Vecchio, with assistance from M. K. Duke. John is a NY Times Best-selling author of “The 13th Valley”.
The forward of the book is written by Ambassador Bremer
In his book Frank writes about his time in Iraq protecting Ambassador Bremer. In typical Gallagher style he does not shy away from telling it like it was.
I have read an advanced copy of the book, and it’s outstanding. It starts with Frank assigned to work with Army CID to provide the protection for Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, in Iraq. At that time the US Secret Service did an assessment and named the Ambassador the most threatened man in the world and out sourced his protection to Blackwater. Frank became the Agent in Charge (AIC) of the detail. The book takes you through the process of growing the protection team from 36 men, to a cadre of 60. Frank goes into detail on how he and his men had to develop and implement a protection plan, and in the process keep Bremer alive and well. The concepts that Frank and his team developed eventually became the WPPS program that State Department still uses today.
In my opinion the most riveting chapters are Frank’s explanation of his and his team’s role in the firefight at Najaf. The incident involved Blackwater employees, and has been covered by others in various books and media outlets, but his book covers the decision making process that led Frank and his team to the event. It is a narrative from those that were there on the ground (and roof) – it is the stuff they make movies about. Unlike other books that are all about what the author accomplished, throughout the book Frank uses the word “We” and only when talking about his personal thoughts uses the word “I”.
My hope is that this book gets into the hands of the general public, and specifically the corporate market. I (Tony Scotti) and VDI will do all we can to ensure that happens. Not because Frank is our friend, but because they need to read this. His book is about leadership, it’s about a handful of people overcoming obstacles, including those that can be labeled career altering with an outcome that may have included incarnation, all to do what is correct.
Frank stayed with the Ambassador until both left Iraq safely. His team did not lose a man nor were any injured during the year they were operational.
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