GENESEO, N.Y. – Brian Castner, who served as an explosive ordnance disposal officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1999-2007 and the author of the book The Long Walk, will share the intertwined story of two journeys: an outward struggle of surviving the urban combat of modern war to return home at all costs, and the inward journey to find the new person that emerges after undertaking such a task.
He will discuss his experience as part of SUNY Geneseo’s All-College Hour Speaker Series on March 5 at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall Room 204. The event is free and open to the public.
Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an explosive ordnance disposal unit in Iraq. He has disrupted roadside improvised explosive devices, investigated the aftermath of car bombs, and searched house-to-house to find bomb makers where they lived. After leaving the active military, he became a consultant and contractor, training Army and Marine Corps units prior to their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Long Walk, his first book, is not just about the battle itself. It is also a portrayal of the toll war exacts on the men and women who are fighting it.
His writing has appeared in a number of national and regional publications, including Wired, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Publisher’s Weekly, and Garry Trudeau’s The Sandbox anthology. Brian lives outside of Buffalo, N.Y., with his wife and four sons.
Release written by College Communications intern Jennifer Kim
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