About the Author: John S. Ready


John Ready is from Oneida, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland in 1986.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer through Cornell Army ROTC and served in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves for a total of 21 years.

In 2003, he was deployed as a Civil Affairs Officer to Iraq, where his soldiers rebuilt medical clinics, mosques, and schools around Baghdad International Airport.

After his tour, Ready received a Master’s Degree in Information Security and Assurance from Norwich University.  He is also a Mission Continues Alumnus, and a published author.  Currently, he is pursuing a Certificate in Terrorism Studies at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, located at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  In 2010, John Ready was interviewed on CNN about his experiences in Iraq, specifically about how humanitarian aid contributes to our national security – WATCH THE FOOTAGE HERE.


Of many things, John Ready is an author who wrote a chronicle of the beginning of the Iraq War, when the US Military was flush with its success in toppling the regime of Saddam Hussein. The victory became tarnished as warring political and tribal factions transformed the “Land Between Two Rivers” into the Superbowl for terrorism.

Caught in this firestorm was a tiny, but determined, Army Reserve Civil Affairs unit that took on the momentous task of rebuilding schools, medical clinics, and mosques around the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport, during 2003-2004.

This is a story of the insane, stupid, humorous, surreal, and tragic events that befell this band of brothers and sisters on their journey through Iraq Reconstruction. It’s a story you didn’t see in the media. If you really want to know the extreme effort and sacrifice of our servicemen and women, this is the book to read.

It’s only $4, but if you don’t want to commit just yet, here’s a funny war story from the book!

Or, read his veteran’s stories blog about his experiences before, during, and after the war.