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Book honors troops of all services

  • Published
  • By Senior Airman Clark Staehle
  • 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Some people say a man is only as good as his word. If that's the case, then Maj. Robert A. Lindblom, RAF Lakenheath's 48th Fighter Wing chief of flight safety must be doing all right.

The major wrote a short story about his experience downrange which was published in the book, "Operation Homecoming."

"The book is a compilation of different types of literary style by about 100 different contributors from all military branches, including National Guard and Reserve and family members," said Major Robert A. Lindblom, 48th Fighter Wing chief of safety. "It runs the whole gamut from cartoons to poetry to a song, to e-mails, personal memoirs and others."

Major Lindblom's entry, chosen from among 10,000 pages of submissions, drew on his own experience while deployed in Southwest Asia.

"My story is about the crash of Komodo 11, an Air Force HH-60 rescue helicopter, on March 21, 2003," he said. "It's really about our unit, our struggle to overcome the loss of our comrades and particularly my struggle to step up and take command because the aircraft commander who was killed was our commander."

One of the things that make the book unique is it was put together by the National Endowment for the Arts, which helps promote the arts throughout America.

"One of the 'Operation Homecoming' seminars came to Hurlburt Field, Fla. where I was stationed at the time," Major Lindblom said. "So I went there just to see what it was all about, and to see if maybe I might want to submit a story."

Some proceeds from the book are funded directly into Department of Defense Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and used to promote the creative writing programs across America.

Major Lindblom will be signing copies of the book tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at RAF Mildenhall's Book Mark.

"It's just a chance to opportunity to meet someone who contributed to a book and it makes it a little more personal," he said.