A Salute to Military Authors of the Emerald Coast

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Barnes & Nobles in Pensacola will be the host of a Silverlinings event saluting military authors of the Emerald Coast on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2-4 PM. Five local authors will be available to talk about the stories behind their literary creations. Authors include: 84 year-old airman Robert M. Fletcher, Sr. whose book, “An Airman’s Journey: Always a New Adventure” relates the heartwarming account of 25 years’ service in the U.S. Air Force, spanning post World War II years to Vietnam. Honored to be at this event, Major Fletcher says, “I wrote this book for my sons and their families. I feel it may be of interest to many veterans of the time periods involved.” 

Author Justin Lee is an Aerospace Engineer assigned to the Air Force Munitions Directorate at Eglin AFB. As a civilian working for the Department of Defense, he works to protect and save the lives of many. He also travels around the country meeting with and encouraging students to pursue higher education in order to be able to give back to the community. His book, a faith-based motivational story, “Crossroads of Faith,” reminds us that the paths we take are determined by decisions and choices we make. Life isn’t about understanding everything that happens because who knows what’s going to happen next, all that ever matters in life is holding onto God’s promises until the end.

USAF Sgt. Zayd Saleem, currently serving as the Noncommissioned Officer In Charge of the Histopathology Lab at Eglin AFB. Hailing from the beautiful island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, before entering the service, Zayd mentored and counseled the youth of St Croix on the culture of Moko Jumbi (stilt dancing), nature and agriculture. Doing so he discovered a new respect for a sustainable environment. His book “When the Trees Come Alive,” recalls the old time stories his grandmother taught him about uses of the island’s amazing native trees.

It is not often that historians can have the main characters of their book participate in presentations, but this is exactly what authors Billie and Robert Nicholson, authors of “Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye” proudly do.  Created to honor military veterans of the Greatest Generation for their courage and personal sacrifice during the attack on United States military forces at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, Billie and Robert Nicholson have assembled a photographic journey of six Honor Flight veterans from Pensacola, Florida during the week long 70th year commemoration of the attack. This was the last and final organized annual reunion of Pearl Harbor survivors. One veteran spoke of his desire to return to Pearl Harbor, “… to say one last goodbye to my friends and comrades who died that day and throughout the war.” Some of our local Pearl Harbor Survivors are slated to attend. So come with your questions for them.