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Books by Nathan Aguinaga

  • 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.

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  • Connie Armstrong: The Life Story of a Functional Alcoholic

    Connie has her whole life ahead of her. She has youth, beauty, and popularity in her hometown of Lapeer, Michigan. Putting her athleticism to use, she embarks on an adventure in the Army. She works hard, but she plays hard as well, and her continuous binge-drinking steers her life through complicated twists and turns. She can stop and function when she needs to, but will it be enough to keep her life on track? In this book, follow Connie through her constant search for her next drink and the life she struggles to build alongside it.

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  • One Term: A Current Day Political Assassination

    In this fourth installment of Nathan Aguinaga’s memoirs, he addresses the growing political divide in the United States of America. Nearly twenty years ago, after spending the first half of his life as a Democrat in a family of Democrats, Nathan became a member of the Republican Party. A Middle America supporter of Donald Trump, he explains how his beliefs affected relationships with his family and some of his friends and shares his thoughts on the real cause of the nation’s turmoil over the past four to five years.

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  • Wake Up, You’re Having Another Nightmare

    These are the personal experiences of the author and his wife in dealing with the post-traumatic stress disorder that he was diagnosed with while he served his last year of a twenty-year career in the US Army. This is the final installment of his three-book series, detailing the events that led up to his diagnosis. You will read about his experiences in combat, his two years as a drill sergeant, his time in Hurricane Katrina relief, and his ongoing counseling sessions at the Veterans Administration.


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  • Roster Number Five-Zero: Not for the Weak or Fainthearted

    In Roster Number Five-Zero, you will bear witness to the author’s personal experiences, from beginning to end, of attending the toughest combat leadership course in the military—US Army Ranger School. You will learn of the daily hardships, challenges, and accomplishments of planning, moving, and executing combat missions at small unit levels. The time spent in this school is under the harshest conditions of terrain, weather, starvation, and sleep deprivation. Here, you will learn what the human body can truly endure.


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  • Division: Life on Ardennes Street

    The year is 1994, and a young soldier has arrived to the 82nd Airborne Division for the first time. He understands that the Division is a prestigious and tough unit to be assigned to. What he doesn’t understand is that the Division moves at 100 mph, and maintains this speed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    Division tells the story of life on Ardennes Street, from the time the author arrived to when he finally left at the end of 2005, covering all the hardships and the realities that almost every person who has served in the Division has lived through or seen. If you are one of the thousands of paratroopers assigned to any of the nine infantry battalions in the Division from 1995 to 2005, you are guaranteed to relate to these daily moments and even laugh a few times. One thing you will agree by the time you finish Division is that ALL leaders better be on their A game if they expect to make it out of the 82nd successfully.

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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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