Colonel Gregory Fontenot, USA (Ret.),
“commanded a battalion in the Army’s point division that broke the Saddam line in the First Gulf War and is a
former director of the School of Advanced Military Studies. Lt. Col. E. J. Degen, USA, has served at all levels in Field Artillery
Battalions and during Operation Iraqi Freedom he was chief of plans for the Vth US Corps in Heidelberg, Germany, and in Baghdad,
Iraq.” Colonel Gregory Fontenot is a co-author of On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
According to the book description of
On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom, “as soon after the fact as feasible.
The Army leadership chartered this effort in a message to the major commands on 30 April 2003. In his guidance, Army Chief
of Staff General Eric K. Shinseki directed “a quick, thorough review that looks at the US Army's performance, assesses
the role it played in the joint and coalition team, and captures the strategic, operational, and tactical lessons that should
be disseminated and applied in future fights.” OIF was America’s first truly joint combat operation, with the
services successfully integrated in the battle space to a degree of mutual support and cooperation that would have been impossible
five years ago. The book details the major elements in that evolution in joint warfare as they played out in the deserts,
mountains, cities, and skies of Iraq.