This Essential category, Be Ready book provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the post 9/11 generation of warriors. The stories of the Naval Academy Class of 2002 are representative of an entire generation of sailors and officers that volunteered for service with the knowledge that they would serve in combat. Each story depicted in this book provides a glimpse into the lives of modern-day military officers who were faced with unique challenges. Their stories bring to light the trials of war and reveal a world most outside of the military do not understand. Refreshingly candid, their narratives take readers on a journey from Annapolis to the far corners of the world to experience operations at sea, on the land, and in the skies.
Prophetically inscribed on the Class of 2002’s Naval Academy graduation rings are the words “in harm’s way.” In the Shadow of Greatness pays tribute to classmates who paid the ultimate price for their nation within years after graduation. Mothers of the fallen reflect on their children’s loyalty to their country, the contributors provide visceral accounts of courage under fire, and others recount hardship in unexpected places, beyond the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan. As wars in Iraq and Afghanistan subside, those who depart the service are seeking a higher purpose at home. Read their stories of enduring commitment to country as they return from the battlefield and become leaders out of uniform.