Air Force general’s new memoir highlights importance of leadership

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Young man sets records, only Polish kid enlisted in US Air Force during the Korean War to become Four Star General

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An action-packed tale filled with aerial combat and overcoming a variety of situational obstacles in large organizations, “Basic Airman to General: The Secret War & Other Conflicts” (published by Xlibris) by General ''Pete'' Piotrowski unravels the remarkable success of a second generation Polish kid who, at the age of eighteen, enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was one of less than a handful of basic airmen who rose to the rank of four-star general. More importantly, it covers the reincarnation of WWII Air Commandos under the code name of Jungle Jim, as well as US combat air operations from 1961 through 1967 flying obsolete B-26s and the newest jet fighter, the F-4D.

This book is largely about how to succeed in a meritocracy. It also covers the covert entry of American Forces into South Vietnam in 1961. More importantly, the book highlights the value of moral courage, hard work and leadership under adversity.

“Basic Airman to General: The Secret War & Other Conflicts” helps readers believe in the importance of having dreams in life and creating opportunities for achieving them through hard work. Life is a series of trials and mishaps; this book shows that under all the hardships, if one will develop the attributes of hard work, determination and leadership, then he or she is on the way of reaping all the fruits of his or her labor.

“Basic Airman to General: The Secret War & Other Conflicts”
By General ''Pete'' Piotrowski
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 718 pages | ISBN 9781493161874
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 718 pages | ISBN 9781493161867
E-Book | 718 pages | ISBN 9781493161881
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
General Piotrowski attended Henry Ford Trade School, where he earned his apprenticeship as a toolmaker and world-class draftsman and a high school diploma in June 1951. He stayed at the Ford Rouge Plant in Detroit, Mich., as a draftsman working on projects for the Korean War until he turned 18 and registered for the Draft. He left the Ford Motor Co., but continued working as a draftsman on the empennage of the B-52 until September 1952 when he enlisted in the Air Force. After mandatory retirement at 38 years of service in the US Air Force, he started his own consulting business in aerospace and management. Some of his clients included Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Sandia National Labs and the USAF Directed Energy Lab. Industrial clients included General Electric, Lockheed, Raytheon, Rockwell and TRW. While consulting for Systems Planning and Analysis, he was pivotal in convincing the chief of naval operations to modify Aegis ships to perform Ballistic Missile Defense role.

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