The first to graduate after the events of 9/11, the midshipmen and women of the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2002 have faced nothing but war ever since.
Katherine Kranz, herself a member of that class, presents their stories in a discussion of her new book In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Kranz will share the candid narratives of self-discovery of these young Americans, gathered by herself and her co-editors over three years. Her talk comes a day after the nation observes Armed Forces Day.
The stories of these men and women bring to light the trials of war and reveal a world most Americans do not understand. Their stories take readers on a journey from Annapolis to the far corners of the world to experience operations at sea, on the land, and in the skies.
Raves Publisher's Weekly: "These proud Annapolis graduates provide a glimpse of the achievements of and contributions made by today's young service members, making a strong case that they are worthy of being called the next great generation"
Kranz is a Naval Flight Officer for the E-2C Hawkeye, an aircraft carrier-capable, tactical airborne early warning aircraft. She flew three overseas deployments and recently served as a NATO adviser and executive aide in Afghanistan.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.