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"One who was there"
November 20, 2016
Andy, I write this review from the perspective as "One who was there". I was involved in both the Hospital Shooting and the B-52 crash for which I received Commendation medals for both.
Brother you hit a Grand Slam Home Run! When I first got your book I jumped to the chapters of the incidents I was directly involved in and you captured the very essence of both tragedies with unbelievable clarity. After a little teasing from you :-) I began reading from page one. It was then I began to understand and appreciate the title of your book "Warnings Unheeded". You skillfully took your investigative training and put them to work. I love how you choreographed the history of Dean Mellberg and Bud Holland together to demonstrate how their dangerous behaviors developed, were nurtured and allowed to manifest into tragedy. You also brought out how key Command Authority were in a position to intercede and have an influence with these two but THEY failed to act in a decisive manner but rather THEY made excuses for them.
I also greatly appreciated how you remained objective without demonizing Mellberg or Holland and you allowed the reader to come to their own conclusion that both of them were out of control and they were inexcusably allowed to continue their dangerous behavior. I think any normal person reading your book would come to the same conclusions. These men should have been stopped long before these tragedies occurred. I have to admit when I was reading your book I wasn't sure how I was going to react. I knew it would bring up some old memories and emotions. It did in fact do just that. It brought up memories from the depths of my soul to the point of tears. Your book spoke to me loudly for which I am indebted to you for.
Most importantly you concluded with letting your readers know that there is ways to deal with grief, that life must go on (and will) and how you choose to deal with the grief will reflect how you will live the rest of your life.
Andy, I stood shoulder to shoulder with you then and I proudly can say I will still stand shoulder to shoulder with you today.
My Friend continue to "Aim High" nothing else will do. :-) The autographed copy of your book I received from you now sits in it's place of honor with those medals received so many years ago. WELL DONE!! Bravo!
Kevin Schindler and MWD Basco
92nd SPS FAFB