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The Persian Gulf War is replete with stories of warriors who "rose to the occasion" and displayed those leadership attributes necessary to produce victory for the Allies. As the Air Component Commander for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) during Operation Desert Storm, Air Force General Chuck Horner epitomized the highest level of leadership for he masterfully designed and then flawlessly executed one of the most devastating air campaigns in history. Written with now-retired General Chuck Horner, Clancy, verifies that he is master at story telling. In Every Man a Tiger Clancy and Horner trace the organizational success story of the U.S. Air Force's rise from the trials and tribulations of Vietnam to the heights of victory in the Persian Gulf. More specifically, this book is at once a comprehensive study of how the air campaign matured into an awesome display of power and precision, and a coming of age story of the United States Air Force as seen through the eyes of a man who learned how to fly in a now-antiquated F100D Super Saber, as a young lieutenant from Davenport, Iowa who and then went on to eventually lead an incredible armada of cutting edge aircraft against the world's fourth largest Army. Then- Lieutenant General Chuck Horner wore two hats by mid-1990. As the Ninth Air Force Commander stationed in the continental United States Horner was part of the United States Tactical Air Command ready to provide air power to any one of the regional commands positioned throughout the world. However, when war was inevitable in the Middle East, Horner donned his second hat, that of leading the Central Command's Air Force, the air arm of General Norman Schwarzkopf Central Command. This is where Clancy picks the story up. He places the reader center stage of that fateful day in August 1990, when Horner was alerted to form the air forces that eventually would punish the Iraqi enemy some eight months later. I
nterjecting stories early on about Horner's career, Clancy offers analysis on battle damage assessments, new information on sortie missions flown during the war, and details about how the massive Allied coalition was formed. Exploring the career of a fighter jock in combat, Clancy has offered the reader a peek into what makes a warrior like Chuck Horner great and at the same time provides useful analysis of how this great warrior made it all happen and achieve victory.