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Guardians: Stories of the 2020 Civil Unrest in Washington D.C.

Julia Maki Pyrah

Guardians is a new first-hand account from Air National Guardsman Julia Maki Pyrah, who describes her experiences on the streets of DC protecting the people of our nation's capital and their right to assemble, while attempting to stop the destruction of monuments and local businesses from those that were looking to cause it harm. Maki, a Navy veteran that now serves in the DC Air National Guard, shares in candid detail her view of the events from a unique perspective on the streets of D.C.


"The normal complement of Secret Service in and around the White House, combined with the Metropolitan Police and Park Police were not going to cut it. They needed more support... and quickly," explains Maki. As she continues her duties and notices small acts of defiance by groups of people prior to riot escalation, she remarks,


"It was a smallrebellion of sorts, the beginning of people becoming untouchable by authorities."


With contributions from other Guardsmen in her unit, she describes the reality of the challenges that were faced by putting her suburb-mom life on hold, as duty called during this unusual activation of Guardsmen from all over the country.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Tactical 16
  • Publish Date: Nov 12nd, 2020
  • Pages: 174
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.47in - 0.71lb
  • EAN: 9781943226528
  • Categories: MilitaryGeneralGeneral

About the Author

Maki Pyrah, Julia: - Julia A. Maki Pyrah grew up in Deer River, MN and enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator aboard P-3Cs. After the Navy, Julia settled in Maryland with her husband where they both ended up working for the Department of Defense as civilians. They have three children together, which initially inspired her to write children's books about the military. Julia now works in Airfield Management in the DC Air National Guard. When she is not writing, raising a family, or working, she finds her passion in volunteering for organizations supporting veterans. Other titles she has published are: My Mom Hunts Submarines, All Hands on Deck! Dad's Coming Home, Still My Dad, From the Sky and What They Don't Teach You in Deer River
Cotroneo, Nicholas A.: - Nicholas A. Cotroneo grew up in Eagan, MN attending High School at Saint Thomas Academy. He later graduated from University of Notre Dame and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. After earning his Naval Flight Officer Wings of Gold in Pensacola, Florida he went on to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom earning 6 Air Medals along the way. Continuing to serve his country as a Defense Contractor he finds himself fulfilling his duties as Husband to his lovely and understanding wife Mia. Also, a Father to three wonderfully inspiring daughters. While his family keeps him busy, he has been inspired to find time to write by a close friend and colleague.
Praise for this book

"While critics decried the supposed "militarization" of America, the soldiers safeguarded peaceful protestors, private property, and restored stability. Ignore the misinformation and buy this book."


--James Carafano, Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E.W. Richardson Fellow


"Julia gives you a real, on the ground truthful perspective with no agenda or bias. This a must read for anyone who is interested in the TRUTH with no media spin, and wants to know what really happened during the DC protests"


--Kristian J Paronto "Tanto" Former 2nd Bn 75th Ranger, Private Military Contractor, Author of 13 Hours and The Ranger Way


"A rare look into the often overlooked service of the National Guard, told from the frontlines of the recent riots"


--Barb Allen, Gold Star Wife, Author, Co-Founder American Snippets


"An enthralling up-close account...Intense...Brilliant...Unforgettable. Maki puts her foot on the accelerator and doesn't let go!"


-George Beck, Ph.D., author of Law and Enforcement in American Cinema, 1894-1952


"In a day & age where our Heroes are viewed as robots, vilified & insensitivity is the faux reality created through television and cell phone screens, Julia paints a vivid picture of true service. As the reader quickly becomes familiar with her willingness to express her vulnerability, she opens your mind to an experience that none of us would want to live through in these great United States.


"Her experiences are not much different from the stories I have heard from fellow brothers and sisters in arms who spent time in combat with their hearts set on protecting others, while watching those same people turn against them. It is heartbreaking knowing how the hate right here in our own country is still being spewed toward OUR Heroes regardless of sex or ethnicity. Julia shows the very human side to being on the receiving end of loving your country and fellow American, but being hated for it because you choose to wear a uniform."


-Ryan Weaver, CW3(R), Former Blackhawk Aviator, Country Music Artist


"Guardians captures the humanity behind the riot gear."


Gwen Clayton, Independent Journalist