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Remote Outpost (Hardback)

Fighting with the US Army in Afghanistan

Military > By Century Military > Reference World History > Middle East

By Travis Harman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 14 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781036103248
Published: 5th April 2024


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Travis Harman, a young skater punk from the small farming town of Hughesville, PA has never had a close relationship with his father, Dean, but after 9/11 shakes the nation, Travis and Dean enlist in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard together. Shortly after joining, Travis begins to have second thoughts and devises a plan to leave the Army. Once back in Hughesville, he realizes the only way he’ll ever gain his father’s acceptance is to enlist, and so he reverses course and joins again. This time, now fully committed, Travis endures rigorous basic and advanced training at Fort Benning and Fort Gordon, Georgia. Just as advanced training ends, Dean helps Travis get work at Fort Indiantown Gap supporting the training of troops preparing to deploy. As Travis prepares to head back to Hughesville, Dean calls informing him that father and son will be deploying to Afghanistan together.

Travis and Dean deploy to Afghanistan in December of 2008, heading to Fort Bragg, North Carolina first. After three months of train up, Travis is sent to a remote outpost in the northeast part of the country, while his father has a cushy desk job at Bagram Airfield. Travis is pulled into often horrific realities of modern war as he experiences intense combat all while yearning for his father’s acceptance. Travis goes back to Bagram and sees his father in transit to Qatar where he will be going on pass for some much-needed rest and relaxation. The tales of Travis’ bravery under fire reach his father before Travis arrives, and when he greets his father once again, Travis starts to feel accepted by his father, a feeling he has chased since boyhood.

Author spotlight: Travis Harman


About Travis Harman

Travis Harman was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. Travis spent 13 years in the United States Army with a tour in Afghanistan in 2008. He was medically retired from the military in 2018 when he decided to begin his writing career and formal education at Southern New Hampshire University where he obtained his Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. Currently he is enrolled at Wilkes University for his Master of Arts. Travis’s poem, “The Path”, can be read in Veterans Voices Magazine. He has also won The Antonym Magazines November 2021 creative nonfiction contest and is published there for his short story, “Green Handed”. Travis placed third in the Tiger’s Heart Player’s Theatre, 10-minute play contest with his play, “Heroin Daze.” He is also published by Line of Advance Literary Review for his story, “MEDEVAC, which was also a finalist for the Annie Dillard nonfiction award. When Travis isn’t busy writing he enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his family.

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