An Inside Look into an Army Startup, Coming December 12th

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In 2019, General Mark Milley and other U.S. Army senior leaders urgently needed a small, conventional, and highly skilled organization to work with its partners and allies to meet White House–directed national security objectives. Colonel Dave Rowland’s book Green Light Go! provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) formed and developed into this essential organization, eventually venturing off to the steppes of Mongolia, the humid jungles of Indonesia and the Philippines, and the pristine beaches of the Maldives.

National security practitioners, business executives, leadership development professionals, and contemporary historians will be fascinated by these insights into the inner workings of a nascent Army organization as unit members navigate through complex obstacles. Never before has such an unlikely group been able to accomplish so much in a short time frame while capturing the essence of entrepreneurship.

Praise for Green Light Go!

“Our Army is about people and Green Light Go! highlights the entrepreneurial ingenuity of our great officers and NCOs that stand in our ranks. There are leadership lessons, and stories of persistence, failure, and accomplishment.”  – General (Ret) Mark A. Milley, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Chief of Staff of the Army

Green Light Go! is an amazing story of a ‘start-up journey’ with valuable lessons for leaders whether they are from the business world or the military. Learn how this group of innovators launched and delivered a new, effective, and unique product in the market.” Greg Harkins, President CWTSato Travel

Author: Colonel Dave Rowland is a U.S. Army infantry colonel with a variety of worldwide deployments, including multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan with Airborne, Ranger, and Stryker units. In 2019, the Army specially selected him to build, equip, train, and deploy one of the Army’s newest organizations for their inaugural deployment to the Indo-Pacific region in less than two years.

Dave and his wife, Amy, have four children: Zachary, Abigail, Isabelle, and Andrew.

Coming December 12th, 2023 by Koehler Publishing, order Green Light Go! at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and Books-A-Million. Connect with Dave at: From one of Canada’s most beloved performing artists comes an audacious work of non-fiction that explores the stories that shape us and the reach that the past can have across generations.

Growing up north of Toronto, R.H. Thomson’s imagination was captured by romantic notions of war. He spent his days playing with toy soldiers on the carpet of his grandmother’s house, recreating the Battle of Britain with model planes in his bedroom, or sitting at the local theatre watching World War II B movies—ones that offered a very clear perspective on who were the heroes and who the villains; which side were the victors and which the vanquished.
Yet Thomson’s childhood was also shaped by the spirits of real-life warriors in his family, their fates a brutal and more complicated reminder of the true human cost of war. Eight of Robert’s great uncles—George, Joe, Jack, Harold, Arthur, Warren, Wildy, and Fred—fought in the First World War, while his great Aunt Margaret served as a wartime surgical nurse in Europe. Five of the great uncles—George, Joe, Fred, Wildy, and Warren—were killed in battle while two others—Jack and Harold—would return home greatly diminished, spending the rest of their lives in and out of sanitariums, their lungs scarred by disease and poison gas. Throughout their lives, the great uncles, as well as great aunts and cousins, were faithful letter writers, their correspondence offering profound insights into their experiences on the front lines to their loved ones back home, a somber record of the sacrifice the family paid.
In By the Ghost Light, R.H. Thomson offers an extraordinary look at his family’s history while providing a powerful examination of how we understand war and its aftermath. Using his family letters as a starting point, Thomson roams through a century of folly, touching on areas of military history, art, literature, and science, to express the tragic human cost of war behind the order and calm of ceremonial parades, memorials, and monuments. In an urgent call for new ways to acknowledge the dead, R.H. has created “The World Remembers,” an ambitious international project to individually name each of the millions killed in the First World War.
Epic in its scope and incredibly intimate in its exploration of lives touched by the tragedy of war, By the Ghost Light is a truly original book that will challenge the way we approach our history.

David B. Rowland

SOURCE David B Rowland