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Lifer: My Epic Journey as a US Army Infantry Paratrooper

Lifer: My Epic Journey as a US Army Infantry Paratrooper

Nathan Aguinaga didn’t enlist in the Army planning to be a career soldier—a “lifer”—but the Army had other plans. He entered the world of light infantry in one of the nation’s top-tier rapid-deployment military units in the early 1990s and would continue for most of the next twenty years as a part of the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Lifer is the comprehensive account of his career journey as a paratrooper, drill sergeant, Army Ranger, and combat veteran.


From the high-tempo daily life of the 82nd Airborne Division to a year spent on the Korean DMZ to time spent as a drill sergeant to the daunting task of successfully completing Ranger School to his time spent in Iraq and even to a support deployment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Master Sergeant (Retired) Aguinaga tells his unvarnished story of Army life—the trials and tribulations, the joys and sorrows, and the humor found in even the darkest moments of duty.

Pages: 368
Pub Date: 08-12-2024
Softcover: 19.95 979-8-88824-409-8
Hardcover: 26.95 979-8-88824-411-1


Nathan Aguinaga is a retired master sergeant who served twenty years in the US Army. He is also the author of a three-part series, which includes Division: Life on Ardennes Street, Roster Number Five Zero, and Wake Up: You’re Having Another Nightmare. After the series he wrote One Term: A Current-Day Political Assassination and Connie Armstrong: The Life Story of a Functional Alcoholic. He lives in northwest Ohio with his wife.

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