War & Coffee: Confessions of an American Blackhawk Pilot in Afghanistan (Hardcover)
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War and Coffee is a first-person account of being deployed to Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot with the "Screaming Eagles" of the 101st Airborne Division in 2009. Observed halfway through a decades-long war, this irreverent perspective is both comical and brutally honest. In between the occasional mortar round and rocket-propelled grenades, Joshua Havill takes a direct look at the tactical and ideological substance of a conflict laced with as much debauchery as tragedy.
With a Cold War perspective gleaned from nine years of US Navy Submarine Service, along with a civilian interlude, Havill reentered the military in 2002 to pursue his enthusiasm for aviation. This checkered military career culminated with the subject of this work, a year of flying UH-60 Blackhawks out of Bagram Air Base. Time away from the cockpit was spent living in a plywood B-hut and making frequent visits to "the Lighthouse," the base's sparse yet beloved self-serve coffee shop.
Set during the most pivotal year of Operation Enduring Freedom, this is a captivating illustration of life in a warzone. Readers will gain insights into the following:
- the experience of flying a Blackhawk in combat
- special-operations missions
- life within the walls of a US military base in Afghanistan