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Green Berets Horse Soldier 12 Strong Author Interview


TAMPA, FL, USA, May 18, 2022 / — Book event with Green Berets for the launch of the new book, lightning swords was a great success. “The Horse Soldiers” Mark Nutsch, Bob Pennington, and Vince Makela were joined by author Jim DeFelice to present stories from the mission and highlights of the book’s content. In the presence of former US Special Forces Colonel Christopher Miller, then Secretary of Defense, who testified to the selection of the 12-man team, ODA-595, and the unconventional combat that participated in the mission. A monument in their honor, “America’s Response Monument”, has been erected at Ground Zero in New York, where it is seen by thousands of people every day. Swords of Lightning is their story, told from their perspective for the first time, with details and insights never before revealed about the campaign, their struggles, and how close they came to failing and dying.

The event was seen by hundreds of military and civilian participants. As part of this event, director Dan Myrick produced behind-the-scenes coverage of a documentary about this story. The film is scheduled for release in the fall of 2022. There was also a tasting of Horse Soldier Bourbon throughout the story. The team signed books for event patrons. The event was sponsored by Visit Tampa Bay and Autoslide, LLC.
Interviews will be held at Horse Solider Bourbon Urban Stillhouse 2232 5th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Individual interviews will be held on Wednesday, May 18. Contact Bruce Maduri at or 813-250-3883 to schedule your interview with the Horse Soldiers.

about the authors
Mark Nutsch, Former US Army Special Forces Major Originally from Kansas, Mark served 24 years in the military as an infantry, 75th Ranger Regiment; and Special Forces officer with unique combat and leadership experiences. In America’s response to the 9/11 attacks, Captain Nutsch led one of the first combined teams of the CIA’s “Task Force Dagger”, Special Forces A-Team (ODA-595) and combat controllers in northern Afghanistan. Advising leaders of the armed resistance against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, they carried out unprecedented unconventional warfare operations while mounted on horseback. The “campaign for Mazar-e Sharif” resulted in the liberation of 6 provinces in northern Afghanistan in a matter of weeks. Recognized as the catalyst for the collapse of the Taliban regime and the increased pursuit of al-Qaeda terrorists. He is currently involved in evacuation efforts for American citizens and his team’s Afghan allies, assisting in their relocation. Featured in various books, museums and as a guest speaker. Mark, his wife, and Team 595 are featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary film “Legion of Brothers.” Mark is portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth in the Jerry Bruckheimer Studios feature film ’12 Strong’.

Retired Senior Warrant Officer Bob Pennington served in the military for over thirty years and is originally from Georgia. He has commanded Green Berets in combat and trained candidates participating in the Special Forces Q course. Pennington wrote military doctrine, as well as lectured and consulted on military films, books, and monographs. He was recently inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Georgia Special Forces Regiment and Military Veterans Hall of Fame. Bob is the recipient of numerous combat and peacetime awards including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Bravery and two Oak Leaf Bunches. He is a recipient of the 2018 MG Shachnow Award (Special Recognition for Combat Actions) and the 2014 Bronze Order of Saint Philip Neri (over 20 years of outstanding achievement in the Special Forces). He also received a Special Commendation from the Governor of Georgia and honored with a State Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives for his military service. He is a lifetime member of the distinguished Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Bob, Mark and their business partners operate a nationally growing whiskey craft distillery brand, American Freedom Distillery, featuring their award-winning Horse Soldier Bourbon.

Jim DeFelice, author or co-author of sixteen New York Times bestselling books, including American Sniper and Everyman a Hero. He has written more than fifty books of fiction and non-fiction, sixteen of which have made New York Times bestseller lists. Among his recent non-fiction works is EVERY MAN A HERO, a memoir based on Combat Medic Ray Lambert’s service during World War II. The book won the 2019 Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation. An international blockbuster with over 5 million sales, AMERICAN SNIPER (2012) detailed the life and service of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Made into a record-breaking hit film of the same name (2015) starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood. Sniper was followed by two other NY Times best-selling non-fiction works, CODE NAME JOHNNY WALKER (2014). A limited television series based on AMERICAN WIFE (2015) starring Taya Kyle is in development in Hollywood with Jim serving as consulting producer. His video game work includes Afro Samurai: Revenge of Kuma and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the world’s best-selling aerial combat franchise. Winner of the Army Historical Foundation Award for his writings, he lives in the Hudson Valley.

About Visit Tampa Bay, the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast beats in Tampa Bay. Visit Tampa Bay encourages adventurous travelers to enjoy sun, fun and culture in Florida’s most diverse travel destination. As a not-for-profit organization certified by Destinations International’s Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP), we work with hundreds of partners to tell the Tampa Bay story to the world. The treasure awaits you.

About Autoslide, Autoslide LLC has been in the business automation business for over 25 years. Drawing on their expertise in door and window automation, they have developed Autoslide, an automatic sliding door and window system. The company won the Australian Design Award for excellence in product design and efficiency for its modular commercial automatic door systems. The automation system can be installed with any existing sliding door installation. Easy design, easy to install.

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