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Gregory Fontenot

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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.


On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Gregory Fontenot  More Info

The human dimension of war, especially the quality of the men and women in uniform who fought the campaign and won the historic victory, is a major element of the book.

Using hundreds of interviews of the troops and scores of detailed maps and illustrations, On Point I provides a “user-friendly” guide to shape future force structure and training and help refine America’s warfighting doctrine.”

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