Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch has commanded at all levels of the Army, from company (100 soldiers) to Corps (65,000 soldiers) to commander of all US Army installations (120,000 civilian employees and soldiers worldwide). He spent over thirty months in Iraq, including fifteen months as one of the leaders of the 2007 Surge and recently accepted the position as executive director of the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute. He and his wife of thirty years, Sarah, live in Texas.
Mark Dagostino is a New York Times bestselling coauthor and former senior writer for People magazine. He wrote Courage to Stand with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and is the co-author of Rudy: My Story with Notre Dame legend Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger. He lives in New Hampshire.