The 101st Airborne Division is one of the most highly decorated units in the United States Army, and has had a role in every major (and several minor) conflicts since its inception in 1918. The “Screaming Eagles,” as they are known, are regularly featured in military fiction. Their motto is “Rendezvous with Destiny,” and this destiny has had them serving both in combat around the globe in peacetime here at home, by escorting the Little Rock Nine into their new school in 1957 and fighting forest fires in Montana.
In 1991, the 101st had its “Rendezvous with Destiny” in Iraq in the combat air assault of Operation Desert Storm. During the 100-hour war, the 101st sustained no soldiers killed in action and captured thousands of enemy prisoners of war.
Join on Thursday, February 11, us as we welcome author and 101st veteran Stephen D. Wiehe as he looks back at Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm 25 years later. He speaks from the perspective of one who was there, all while providing the knowledge gained through hindsight, research and countless conversations with his fellow soldiers. After his presentation, he will be selling copies of his book, “G-Day: Rendezvous with Eagles” which was written on the 20th anniversary of the war. G-Day details the critical missions and movements of the First Battalion of the historic 502nd Infantry Regiment during the Gulf War as well as the soldier’s day-to-day activities. “G-Day: Rendezvous with Eagles” has been declared by the Don F. Pratt Museum as the best first person narrative of the Gulf War and has been included in the museum at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Stephen Wiehe receive the prestigious bronze medal for Best Memoir at the 2012 Dayton Conference of the Military Writers Society of America. He has a deep love for God, Country, his family, the veteran and for those who have sacrificed it all to keep us free.