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Nathaniel Free  Soldier, US Army journalist, and author, rep'd by Christine Witthohn. I read all the things. Married to a model, sired the future leader of mankind.

9 months old and walking! #crushedit @mirandafree

During my morning run, I met this beautiful butterfly drying off after last night's storm 🦋

I'm extremely fortunate to work with some incredible leaders, namely Sergeant First Class Shana Hutchins, who has provided me with continuous mentorship and a rewarding career opportunity. Today I received one of Utah State Command Sergeant Major Eric Anderson's first edition coins. #VivereMilitare #armystrong

Smores for dessert

Ever wonder what scooby-doo would be like without the dog, and if all the monsters were real? Yeah me either. #shortbookreview

Can anyone guess what my next book will be about? #amwriting📝 #thrillerwriting

Channeling my inner Poe tonight. In case you're looking for some thrilling inspiration too, here's a photo of Edgar's bedroom where he wrote The Raven and many other classic thrillers. I was able to visit his house, grave, and the bar where he had his last drink while I was in Baltimore this year. #amwriting📝 #thrillerwriting

Close-up of an F-15 Eagle while refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker somewhere over the Utah wilderness. Can't wait to go up again!

My wife and I got through this book in less than two days. And that's with a 9-month-old baby. Told in equal parts of a present-day crime investigation and a series of horrifying flashbacks, Lisa Gardener paints a dark picture of kidnapping, abuse, and revenge. Not for the faint of heart. Unputdownable.

A Paladin howitzer with Bravo Battery 145th Field Artillery, firing into the impact area at Dugway Proving Grounds during this year's annual training. I got to spend a few days with this gun crew and reminisce my redleg roots.

After binging a slew of run-and-gun thrillers, I decided to reacquaint myself with reality by circling back to some nonfiction. I chose MASTERS OF CHAOS by Linda Robinson, because I keep running across Special Forces in my day job as the archivist for the Utah Army National Guard, in an attempt to make sense of thousands of old SF photographs. The book gives a great overview of Special Forces from Panama to Iraq (perfect for giving these old photos context) but it lacks those juicy on-the-ground intimate details (the "ground truth") that I was looking for. Extremely well composed, but parts of it were surprisingly dry for a book--even for a history book--about Special Forces. Other parts would build in tension with gripping dialogue, only to fizzle out with a Wikipedia-summary of events. Maybe better as an audio book? Maybe I've been desensitized by my thriller diet? If you want an intro to SF, this would be a great start. Bring caffeine. #specialforces #greenbaret #bookreview

HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. ARMY!! As proof that we play well with others, here's a photo of a Joint Terminal Attack Controller directing a close air support mission with a pair of Army AH-64 Apache Longbows from the 1-211th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion during training at Dugway Proving Grounds. (US Army photo by Nathaniel Free/Released)

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