Four Brothers to Deploy to Iraq Together, Write Book
The Holbert brothers are going to Iraq to write a book–and fight a war.
Four brothers, all Army Reserve officers, are deploying to Iraq with the same division and are planning to chronicle their experiences in a forthcoming book. The book’s working title is “An American Story — The Holbert Family: Four Brothers Who Serve.” Its publisher, Linda Dennis, hopes to tell the story of the whole family’s struggles as Buddy, Matt, David and Carlton begin their year in Iraq with the 108th Division (Institutional Training).
The oldest brother, Lt. Col Buddy Holbert, is a 44-year-old graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He said the family feels grateful to Dennis for recognizing them and expressed his amazement that someone would want to publish their words. “We wrote some little … bios on ourselves and had a couple of pictures taken, and I understand that someone wants to consider that as essays for a book,” he said. “I can’t say they’re written well enough for that, but that’s what I’m hearing.”
Capt. David Holbert, a 40-year-old graduate of Winthrop University, serves in the unit’s security and intelligence branch. He enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard directly out of high school and served for more than five years before being commissioned as an officer. With 23 years in the military, David has served the longest of the four brothers.
Maj. Matt Holbert, a 36-year-old graduate of the Citadel military college in Charleston, S.C., serves as personnel officer for the operation. He and his wife, Laura, have one daughter, Sharon, 5, and one son, Clark, 3.
Capt. Carlton Holbert, 32, also a graduate of the Citadel, serves in the unit’s operations branch. He and his wife, Karen, have one daughter, Reilly, 4.
An interesting project. The family is quite unusual and their story should be interesting.
At the same time, I am a bit uneasy about the idea of officers going to a combat zone with the intention of writing a book. One hopes they are able to multitask well, as they have important duties and troops counting on them. I should note, though, that the Defense Department apparently has no such qualms, since they are highlighting this story on their website.