March 21, 2022 – Who were the young American pilots who launched their fighter jets into the wild blue yonder during the first Gulf Wear, aiming to pry tiny Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s fist? In this episode, we’ll travel back to January 17, 1991, as Desert Shield transforms into Desert Storm high in the skies over Iraq.
Once there, we’ll meet those American airmen — and the teams on the ground that kept their F-15C’s flying against Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrums — with internationally acclaimed military historian and U.S. Army veteran Mike Guardia who brings us Skybreak: The 58th Fighter Squadron in Desert Storm.
Mike Guardia served six years on active duty as an Armor Officer and is widely praised for his acclaimed biography Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always, chronicling the life of LTG Harold G. Moore, whose leadership you may recall from the Mel Gibson’s portrayal in the film We Were Soldiers. Mike has been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award not once but twice. In 2021, he was named Author of the Year by the Military Writers Society of America.