CAPTAIN ROGER HILL, co-author of the captivating book, DOG COMPANY: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command, will speak on SATURDAY, 11/16, at 10 a.m. This is a free program.
From the publisher:
“The Army does not want you to read this book. It does not want to advertise its detention system that coddles enemy fighters while putting American soldiers at risk. It does not want to reveal the new lawyered-up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes U.S. soldiers and Marines while setting free spies who kill Americans.
“This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men.
“Hill, a West Point grad and decorated combat veteran, was a rising young officer who had always followed the letter of the military law. In 2007, Hill got his dream job: infantry commander in the storied 101st Airborne. His new unit, Dog Company, 1-506th, had just returned stateside from the hell of Ramadi. The men were brilliant in combat but unpolished at home, where paperwork and inspections filled their days.
“With tough love, Hill and his First Sergeant, an old-school former drill instructor named Tommy Scott, turned the company into the top performers in the battalion.
“Hill and Scott then led Dog Company into combat in Afghanistan, where a third of their men became battlefield casualties after just six months. Meanwhile, Hill found himself at war with his own battalion commander, a charismatic but difficult man who threatened to relieve Hill at every turn.
“After two of his men died on a routine patrol, Hill and a counterintelligence team busted a dozen enemy infiltrators on their base in the violent province of Wardak. Abandoned by his high command, Hill suddenly faced an excruciating choice: follow Army rules the way he always had, or damn the rules to his own destruction and protect the men he'd grown to love.”
Policy and rules of engagement have already changed as a result of the experiences of CPT Hill and the men under his command in Dog Company, a unit of the 101st Airborne. He says there’s more to be done, and he’ll be here to talk with us about it. He considers himself a truth teller.
Anger often arises in those who read or hear his story, but he offers calls to action – practical ways we can each support active military and veterans.
Books will be available for sale (paperback $20, out-of-print hardback $30) and CPT Hill will be happy to sign books.