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By Richard F. Miller

What distinguishes Richard F. Miller's A service at conflict is its specialize in person officials and sailors and shipboard morale as detailed from the standard "bomb and bullet" reporting. The USS Kitty Hawk's venture paralleled the tortuous process occasions best as much as the Iraq warfare. initially stationed within the northern Persian Gulf to implement the Southern No-Fly region, the Kitty Hawk turned one of many lead components within the crusade to "shock and awe" the Iraqi defense force, from the instant her conflict staff introduced twelve of a few 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles within the first attempt to kill Saddam Hussein to the round the clock sorties of fighter jets introduced from her deck as soon as hostilities all started. the writer, who was once current prior to, in the course of, and after the start of the warfare, interviewed the ship's captain, chaplains, aviators, the send psychologist, medical professionals, the dentist, and the executive of defense. He visited the brig, interviewed the jailors, ate with either officials and enlisted women and men, and, on the point of struggle, attended either Christian and Jewish spiritual providers. maybe of maximum significance, due to his cigar behavior, he spent many hours within the one position on board the place the true face of lifestyles at sea will be observed-the enlisted personnel's smoking sponson. right here the workforce secure and proved sincere sufficient to permit the writer to make his such a lot astonishing discoveries concerning the glossy army.

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I asked in my dumbbell way. ‘‘Oh, yes,’’ he replied. ‘‘Every year I take family, we meet friends, and make a camp out there,’’ he said, motioning somewhere into the Bahrainian night. But as he talked on, it was clear that hawking was only a small part of this experience. The larger part was that to ‘‘make a camp’’ was simply a vacation, a chance for him to play with his guy pals while his wife spent time with her girlfriends and everyone’s kids played together. They ate and slept outdoors, hawked (whatever that consisted of ), and sometimes went fishing and hiking.

But is talk radio journalism? There were more ground rules. ’’ The bottom line here was privacy and giving the Pentagon a chance to notify next of kin (NOK) before some hotshot journalist could surf his way to higher ratings on a red wave of American blood. 11443$ $CH4 05-18-05 12:21:48 PS PAGE 39 40 A Carrier at War: On Board the USS Kitty Hawk in the Iraq War The rule was no names and no pictures of casualties until NOK notification, period. This restriction applied to the earlier of seventy-two hours or verification of informing the NOK.

After approval of the allied unit commander. Operation code names. S. military units. Service members’ names and hometowns with the individuals’ consent. This list makes it pretty clear that, like my friend who defends tax cheats, journalists had to start remembering to forget things like too many specifics. ’’ The second principle seemed to relate to verb tense. ’’ In short, nothing that hasn’t yet happened will ever happen. I breathed considerably easier after reviewing this list, for the Navy would have no trouble from me.

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