Though Americans have seen plenty of news updates on the Iraq War since 2003, few know what it’s like to actually live through the harsh conditions on a daily basis.
In his memoir, B.I.A.P.: Baghdad International Airport, two-tour Iraq War veteran Sergeant Brian L. Gordon shows readers the constant challenges soldiers face on the ground in the Middle East.
Serving first in 2003, Gordon drives a truck delivering bulk fuel and must regularly dodge rocket-propelled grenades and IEDs. His unit also takes on heavy firefights and rocket launcher attacks while manning the water point at the Euphrates River.
Though his division is eventually investigated for conspiracy to sabotage their own vehicles (in order to remain safely back at base), Gordon bravely serves a second tour in 2004 with a new unit, this time delivering tanks and artillery in and out of northern Iraq. This assignment will test him and his comrades to their limits when a mission turns into a twenty-one-day hostage situation at Baghdad International Airport.
B.I.A.P.: Baghdad International Airport gives readers the opportunity to experience the life of a combat soldier struggling with PTSD, striving to serve his country and protect the lives of his comrades.
“Sergeant Gordon gives an excellent detailed account of what it’s like to be a …”
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Sergeant Gordon gives an excellent detailed account of what it’s like to be a young soldier driving the Army’s largest Vehicles across the the hostile desert in Iraq. In just about every discomfort possible. the dull monotony is interrupted by the occasional enemy attacks. The Chaos of being ambushed while in convoy cannot be anticipated or entirely planned for. Sergeant Gordon was also supervising a platoon sized element in addition to driving himself. His descriptions are at times very detailed to give one the complete feel for the discomfort: the stink of diesel fuel permeates everything. Swarms of huge aggressive flies attack wherever there is human body odor, and there’s nowhere to take a shower for over a month.
He struggle with PTSD still as he relives in bad dreams, shooting it out with insurgents. It’s especially bad for him because one he was a woman that left him no choice but to kill…
About the Author
Brian L. Gordon is an eight-year US Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq.
A professional boxer with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and applied behavioral analysis, he has worked in transportation, maintenance, and law enforcement.
Originally from Barstow, California, Gordon is married with five children—one girl followed by four boys, and his hobbies include working out, running, camping, and fishing.