Sarge, What Now?
Written and compiled by the son of a World War II infantryman who was awarded the Silver Star, Sarge, What Now? is partly autobiographical, partly historical, often irreverent and sometimes politically incorrect.
Bob Anderson, CMSgt, USAFR (Ret) addresses important subjects such as the role of the NCO, the Officer/NCO relationship, leadership and followership. He provides history and insight into what it means to become an NCO and progress through the ranks to the highest NCO rank, E-9; and how Commanders can develop their NCOs to their optimum abilities.
Sarge, What Now? also honors the seldom understood and often under-appreciated G.I. with their own stories of humor, old scars, past enemies and the brotherhood only shared by those that “have been there, done that!”
Whether you spent 30 years or 30 days in uniform, there is a story for you. If you have a family member that served, their service had impact on you. If happenstance forced you to be part of history or you're just a student of it, you may find a different perspective of what you think you know about the military.
The author says, “The story of America has been colored by the stories of her Citizen Soldiers; those that served on active duty or in the Reserve or in the Guard. They may have served in peacetime or in time of war. Their service changed them forever.”
“It makes no difference which branch of the military a veteran served in or whether they ever fired a shot in anger; whether they were a hero with a medal or a hero that simply did his or her duty—they were and are heroes in my book; and this book tells some of their stories.”
Praise for Bob Anderson
“Why should you read this book? If you are an NCO, it will give you insight on how to advance. If you are a commander, buy one for all of your NCOs … then sit down and read it yourself.”
—Jerry M. Bullock, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
“An Air Force Chief Master Sergeant once told me, 'When I ask you where you’re going, don’t tell me where you’ve been.' Well, that may be true to keep the conversation short, but knowing how you got to this point, helps keep you from making the same bad decisions. Sarge, What Now? is a lifetime’s eclectic compilation of responsible choices the author has experienced and survived. While the dates and places change, military and civilian members will intimately identify with some of the very same situations. What better (and cheaper) way to hone your perspective and direction than learning what has worked for someone else. The military reader will readily identify with the real ‘skinny’ of military life and the civilian reader will find out what it really takes to serve this country. Ya gotta read this book!”
—Gordon Bredlow, SMSgt., USAF (Ret)
“If you’ve ever served in the military, you know the difference when you read a book that is authentic and not B.S. The Sarge is the real deal.”
—Cary Hall, former USAF Sgt, 483rd SPS, K-9, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
“Sarge is a collection of proven methods in leadership lost in the politically correct America, I loved it.”
—Larry Payne, CMSgt, USAFR (Ret)
“Bob Anderson has captured a vibrant and different atmosphere with Sarge, What Now?. As a former Marine that served in combat during Viet Nam; he has told it how it is, how it was and how it should be. We need more books like this written about our military and their service.”
—Carl Milligan, former Viet Nam Combat Engineer
“Typical Tale by Bob Anderson, truthful, insightful and spot on. SARGE, WHAT NOW? is his recent tales of true events, people and situations that can be taken as lessons for life.”
—Frank Sullivan, General, USAF ANG(Ret)
“Sarge applies experiences from the military to common day living. It’s important to understand that common sense matters… Sarge proves it time and again.”
—Layne Wroblewski, Major, USAFR
“With all of the military books I have read it is great to have SARGE truly tell it like it Was.”
—Randall Hall, U.S. Army
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