Almost exactly twelve years ago, Greg Downey and Alex Vernon were young lieutenants taking part in Operation Desert Storm. The two served as platoon leaders, overseeing dozens of soldiers who were even younger than they were. The two have since left the military and co-written a book about their experiences called The Eyes of Orion. Downey and Vernon join Neal Conan to discuss what goes through a young officer's mind on the eve of combat.
*Served as a first lieutenant during the Gulf War
*Was a scout platoon leader
*Currently a personnel manager for General Mills
*co-author of The Eyes of Orion (Kent State University Press, 2001)
*Co-author of The Eyes of Orion (Kent State University Press, 2001)
*Currently an English professor at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas
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