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A former Captain in the United States Air Force, Ryaja Johnson Rhone served seven years as a Contracts Negotiator. In March 2007, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Ryaja’s passion to serve led her from serving her country to serving her community. She separated from the Air Force in September 2007 to devote her life to serving those with greater needs than her own.
on May 06, 2012 :
Chronicles of an Airman is an amazing read. Its a quick and simple read yet it is, simultaneously, multi-dimensional and full of depth. I highly recommend Chronicles of an Airman for anyone interested in leading others, finding purpose or seeking God's direction --you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2011 :
A few months ago, I read “Chronicles of an Airman”. I enjoyed the paperback so much that I decided to buy the ebook for my iPad.
I read it in all of five hours with a power nap in between, smile--I had an exhausting day. I liked the style of writing. While reading, it seemed as though I was right there with her – feeling the cold and hot weather and her experience in “shady one & shady two”. After I finished the book, I felt as though I had been in a movie.
The good thing was that for a week, I kept going back to certain parts in the book and re-reading it. What a true inspiration! I am waiting for a follow-up.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Oct. 16, 2011 :
I am intrigued by the story of any member of our military in our society which is drowning in biased media. I found the format of reading journal entries to be somewhat distracting. It compounded transitions from topics such as Bible study to military procedure and emotional transitions. However, having been a military spouse "back home" on the receiving end of sporadic phone calls and letters, I can attest that this format is accurate of how information usually is shared with loved ones. Ultimately, the format lends credibility to the story and brings focus to the key point of each day described.
There are some grammatical and editing errors that I would hope would be corrected before publication, but I'm sure could be addressed easily in the Kindle format through which I read the book.
The end of the book is truly the gem inside the cover. The big picture, the context in which some of the journal entries were written and evaluation of how the decisions made during deployment affected the author's future are the types of revelation I believe the reader seeks. It is the words in this final section that leave me hopeful the author will continue to share her journey with us. Women are seeking mentors in their careers, spiritual growth and marriage...all areas in which I believe the author has much more to share.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)