Michael Mather grew up on the west side of Cincinnati in the 80's and 90's until he graduated from William Henry Harrison high school in '99. He joined the US Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief where he spent 9 years working on F-15's until he transferred to the US Army as a Fire Support Specialist or FO (FISTER for short). He has deployed to 7 different countries over his 13 years of active service. When he was medically retired, he and his family moved back to Ohio where he resides to this day with his wife of 12 years, his daughter, son and grandson.
In 2008, only 3 days after his 29th birthday, he was shot by a Chechnyan Sniper while serving in his 12th month of a 14 month deployment to Iraq. Since that faithful day in October, he has been actively fighting to find ways to "fix" himself. He has been through program after program trying to find ways to beat his demons.
Michael was turned onto this book by a friend, and he found that the stories made such a difference in how he thought about things, that he jumped at the opportunity of being involved with the project.
"Reading this book with an open mind and heart will allow you to find angles and views that can help save a life or prevent you from taking your own. In any mission, you learn to assess the area for any avenue of attack possible, and there should be no difference in the way we look at the mission of this book. You can't successfully flight an enemy if you go in blind. Good Intel is the difference between a successful mission and a folded flag in your mother's hands." - Michael Mather