Click to preview DUSTDEVIL 35 By Eric Bowen & John Camp photo book

In 2003 the United States began the largest combat mobilization of the Army National Guard and Army Reserve since the Second World War to fight in Iraq.

This book is a photo essay that tells the story of a few typical days in the life of some of those National Guard soldiers.

The 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion deployed to Iraq in September 2007 for a one year tour of duty. In that time they transported troops and material to all corners of Iraq.

They flew routine milk runs, shuttled generals and politicians to meetings. They also conducted air assault operations inserting elite 82nd Airborne soldiers on combat raids to capture and kill insurgents. Sometimes all in the same day...

They flew missions at night and through sandstorms, and came under fire numerous time but never lost a soldier or an aircraft.

Authors Note: John Camp's story is included with permission, but the book was created without his direct participation, and as such all errors and omissions are mine alone.

-Eric Bowen


About the Author

Eric Bowen
scrappydog Maple Plain, Minnesota, USA
Eric Bowen is a computer consultant and freelance photojournalist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Publish Date  October 01, 2011

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  40 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Travel

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Comments (6)


johnpenshorn says

Thanks for writing this. I was a platoon leader in A Co. 2-147 and this will make a good keepsake for my kids. Word is being spread throughout our group. Just bought the hard cover.

Take care.

posted at 08:59am Oct 28 PST


kkral says

Thank you - Great Idea! And I will do that. We are meeting for his B-Day party Oct 30th.. Unfortunately their unit is deploying again and my son will miss his birthday party. I paid extra for my book order to receive it by Oct 28th... So I can do just that.
Thanks again! and Hooah!

posted at 07:30am Oct 20 PST


scrappydog says

Sorry no audio version. This is primarily a photo book... It would probably only take you 5 minutes to read the text to Great Grandpa yourself though...

posted at 06:58am Oct 20 PST


scrappydog says

The new iPad version is definitely experimental... it works, but iBooks is definitley not the optimum platform for this sort of a photo book...

posted at 06:57am Oct 20 PST


kkral says

Hello Scrappydog!
Thank you for this book. I plan on getting a copy or two.
My Son is in this Unit! ...A CO 2/147 AHB His Great Grandfather is a WWII Vet and just turned 94 years old. He is blind. I would like to know if there is an Audio Version of this book for him. He would absolutely love to see/listen to it.
Army National Guard Mom
of the 2/147

posted at 10:27am Oct 19 PST


scrappydog says

This is the FIRST DRAFT of a self-edited/self-published book. As such it may contain error or omissions...

Please report any errors and I will correct them as quickly as possible!

posted at 01:08pm Oct 01 PST


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