by Robert Stanek
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obliqueAG More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I could not put this book down. He does a great job of conveying what he was thinking and why. It's a thoughtful and insightful piece. Buy it, you will love it. Expertly written, and easy to follow (even for a former grunt). A definite must read.
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Stormjammers is a first-person story about a young military flyer who heads off to uncertainty in the war in Iraq. Robert Stanek, a combat flyer in the Air Force, has created a detailed chronicle of his journey as a military flyer from the summer of 1990 (during the build up in Iraq) to the end of the war and beyond. It is his story, well cataloged and genuine. There is raw honesty throughout this book. It says much about the man, Robert Stanek. It tells about the Air Force. It describes the anguish, anxiety, thrill and sense of conquest that take place in any war as seen through the eyes of one who is fighting the fight. This book is deeply personal, thoughtfully self-reflective. Stanek isn't embarrassed to reveal frequent self analyzing or periodic self doubt. It is clear from this story about one's personal journey through war that Stanek is not afraid to openly describe his anxieties, fears, and self questioning. In some respects Stormjammers demythologizes electronic warfare, somewhat piercing the veil of secrecy. Yet, in doing so Stanek makes combat flyers more real, more human without detracting from the sense of majesty: planes taking flight, planes in the air, planes in action. In other respects Stormjammers is about one man's journey through the agony of war. War has many faces and many types of struggles, this journey is shared with other men and women for whom Stanek has great admiration, care, and concern. The details laid out on this journey are elaborate, often demanding the reader's fullest attention. Things often move fast, and one has to pay careful attention so as not to lose the gist of what is taking place or what has taken place. The frenzy at times makes one feel like they're right in the middle of the combat. This book reveals courage, commitment, duty and honor in the worst of circumstances. I came away from this book wondering to myself if I could have done it. I'd like to think I could.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Stanek's Stormjammers: The Untold Story of Electronic Warfare in the Persian Gulf War is outstanding in its scope and to its well-written execution-qualities that are all too rare in most accounts of personal experience in war. Most gripping is Stanek's ability to portray the larger scope of electronic warfare and his ability to delve deep personal emotions and provide raw details of the conflicts and struggles facing himself and everyone he flew with. The book details Stanek's return to his homebase in Germany after joint exercises in the mainland U.S and his service through multiple tours in Iraq. In its scope, it is an important important story of a different kind of warfare (e-warfare) and an important combat memoir, as such, the book ranks with Nathaniel Fick's One Bullet Away The Making of A Marine Officer, but this isn't a story of boots on the ground. It is the story of combat from the air, and more closely to James Bradley's Flyboys it explores a hidden part of the Persian Gulf War and the true stories of those who were there. As with those books, readers are immediately drawn into the story as Stanek recounts life in the pre-Gulf War Air Force, and the intensity and focus of life during the Gulf War. Through his account, the reader understands the spirit of the men and women who serve in our armed forces. At times, this means a healthy suspicion of everything, cynicism, and sometimes gallows humor. More significantly, Stanek imparts to the reader a comprehension of life among combat air patrol, where teamwork is essenital and stress often runs high. He and those he served with are the best of their generation. They possess a patriotism and a strong sense of duty that is rare. The book is equally well executed. Stanek writes with great skill, and so the reader has the acute sense of uncertainty about the initial deployments and operations, the horrors waiting for the combat crew as they make their way to the combat zone, and elation at the end of a successful mission. Stanek recounts events in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and beyond. Reading the book, you can feel the anxiety, the tension, the fear of chemical weapons, the camaraderie of the crewers, and ultimately, how people react to the stress and horros of war as they happen and after the conflict ends. The book should be read by those who want to understand military life, air combat, or electronic warfare.