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Tomcat Rio Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-09-29
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 1510748237
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Summary: From Topgun to Squadron Command You’re in the cockpit of the legendary F-14 Tomcat fighter, blazing along at twice the speed of sound seven miles above the ocean and the carrier that hurled you off its deck. You’re practicing dogfighting with “aggressors,” guys on your side flying F-16s. You’re patrolling the tense skies above Iraq, and with the push of a button you can launch the 100-mile Phoenix missile that can blow a foe to scrap before you even see him. You are an expert in fighter tactics and aircraft carrier operations, and it all leads to your command of an F-14 fighter squadron of more than three hundred people. Sounds like a week’s worth of daydreams, but it’s all real-life in the career of Dave “Bio” Baranek, and he shares it with you in the exciting, superbly crafted new book, Tomcat Rio. Dave – callsign “Bio” – pulled his readers into the exciting world of the F-14 and the Navy’s TOPGUN program with his popular books Topgun Days and Before Topgun Days. Now he’s back with the rest of the story, as he reaches the top level of expertise and proves it, not just in graded competitions but also where it counts, where you shoot at them and they shoot at you. Dave also shares the challenges he faced. A deadly foe called complacency. Learning a whole new mission late in his career. The unexpected trials that come with leading a squadron in the dynamic environment of Naval Aviation. This third volume is full of adventures, lessons, and inspiration. If you are a casual reader, you’ll turn the last page as a dedicated Tomcat fan. To make it all even more real, Tomcat Rio includes dozens of Bio’s best and most acclaimed photos. Photographer George Hall hailed one shot as “one of the best Tomcat photos ever taken.” In words and pictures, Bio immerses you in rich detail. He pipes you aboard as a member of an F-14 squadron. You share the camaraderie of Type A personalities. You plan risky missions, going toe-to-toe against America’s most volatile foes. You can almost smell the pungent jet exhaust, almost feel the gut-wrenching G’s of a dogfight, as Tomcat Rio pitches you into the thick of it as only Bio can tell it. Strap in! You’re going for one fantastic ride.

Topgun Days Book by Dave Baranek

Topgun Days Book
  • Author : Dave Baranek
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-01-07
  • Category: Transportation
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 1620878623
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Summary: Dave Baranek (callsign "Bio") was one of 451 young men to receive his Wings of Gold in 1980 as a naval flight officer. Four years later, seasoned by intense training and deployments in the tense confrontations of the cold war, he became the only one of that initial group to rise to become an instructor at the navy's elite Fighter Weapons School. As a Topgun instructor, Bio was responsible for teaching the best fighter pilots of the Navy and Marine Corps how to be even better. He schooled them in the classroom and then went head-to-head with them in the skies. Then, in August 1985, Bio was assigned to combine his day-to-day flight duties with participation in a Pentagon-blessed project to film action footage for a major Hollywood movie focusing on the lives, loves, heartbreaks, and triumphs of young fighter pilots: Top Gun. Bio soon found himself riding in limousines to attend gala premieres, and being singled out by giggling teenagers and awed schoolboys who recognized the name "Topgun" on his T-shirts. The book ends with his reflections on his career as a skilled naval aviator and his enduring love of flight. The paperback and Kindle editions include more than fifty rare full color photographs of fighter jets in action.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat Book by Dave Parsons,George Hall,Bob Lawson

Grumman F-14 Tomcat Book
  • Author : Dave Parsons,George Hall,Bob Lawson
  • Publisher : Zenith Press
  • Release Date : 2011-07-10
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 1610602617
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Summary: For thirty-five years of active naval service, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the foremost air superiority fighter of the Cold War, with continuing service as a fighter-bomber in the Gulf Wars. Two hundred thousand sailors, both pilots and "ground" crew, served in F-14 squadrons with the Tomcat over its decades of flight. This book is a grand remembrance of this great aircraft by those who flew it. Hundreds of pilots have included their favorite stories of the missions and planes that brought them home. Two hundred exceptional color photographs show the F-14 on the deck, in the air, and over the sea.

Punk's War Book by Ward Carroll

Punk's War Book
  • Author : Ward Carroll
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Release Date : 2014-03-15
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN Code: 1612515533
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Summary: An F-14 aviator takes his readers into the cockpits, ready-rooms, and bunkrooms of today's Navy to show what it's like to fight in a time of so-called peace. From the opening chapter where a Tomcat fighter squadron's commanding officer botches an intercept of a hostile Iranian F-4 to the final uplifting scene, his novel reveals the inner workings of the military as only an insider can. It is a thriller without an airshow groupie's pretense, a fighter pilot's story as honest as it is riveting. The action is gripping and authentic, yet it punctuates rather than drives the plot. Seldom has fiction been so real. Punk's War is part adventure tale, part introspective commentary. Adopting the tone of the quixotic lieutenants who populate its pages, the novel helps us understand the pressures on this new generation of warfighters. Along the way we are introduced to an engaging cast of characters: a self-centered careerist squadron commander hell-bent on fixing his tainted professional reputation; a reluctant air-wing commander more suited for life within the walls of the Pentagon than on a flight deck at sea; a battle-group commander reared in the art of driving ships, but thrust into the snap decision matrix of supersonic jets; and a host of junior officers. Seeking only the ideals they were promised, these technology-savvy aviators are products of pop culture, unimpressed by rank for its own sake and unresponsive to petitions in the name of the profession's lofty mottos. Unlike other books about the business of flying from aircraft carriers, this novel provides serious food for thought about leadership and retention--what motivates young people to keep doing what they do despite the dangers, disappointments, and personal sacrifices. Best-selling novelist Stephen Coonts describes the author as Tom Clancy crossed with Joseph Heller, his book as a refreshing twist on the military thriller.

Joint Force Harrier Book by Adrian Orchard,James Barrington

Joint Force Harrier Book
  • Author : Adrian Orchard,James Barrington
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 0141889756
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Summary: Days after arriving in Kandahar, the Harriers of 800 Naval Air Squadron were in the thick of fierce fighting. Armed with rockets and bombs, the pilots were flying crucial danger-close attack missions in defence of troops engaged in the most intense battles seen by British forces since the Korean War. While facing the constant threat of surface-to-air missiles, the British Top Guns knew that any mistake would have fatal consequences for the soldiers who depended on their skill and determination. Written by the Commanding Officer of the first Royal Navy squadron to deploy to Afghanistan, Joint Force Harrier is a compelling insight into the exciting world of modern air warfare.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat Book by Dave Parsons,George Hall,Bob Lawson

Grumman F-14 Tomcat Book
  • Author : Dave Parsons,George Hall,Bob Lawson
  • Publisher : Zenith Press
  • Release Date : 2011-07-10
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 1610602617
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Summary: For thirty-five years of active naval service, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the foremost air superiority fighter of the Cold War, with continuing service as a fighter-bomber in the Gulf Wars. Two hundred thousand sailors, both pilots and "ground" crew, served in F-14 squadrons with the Tomcat over its decades of flight. This book is a grand remembrance of this great aircraft by those who flew it. Hundreds of pilots have included their favorite stories of the missions and planes that brought them home. Two hundred exceptional color photographs show the F-14 on the deck, in the air, and over the sea.

From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog Book by Steven K Ladd

From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog Book
  • Author : Steven K Ladd
  • Publisher : Air World
  • Release Date : 2020-09-30
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 1526761270
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Summary: Fighter pilots! Images of Baron Manfred von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker in the Great War, Johnnie Johnson, Robert Stanford Tuck and Richard Bong in the Second World War, or Robin Olds in Vietnam, all spring to mind. Volumes have been written about them, past and present. Understandably, most of these revolve around the skill, cunning and bravery that characterizes this distinctive band of brothers, but there are other dimensions to those who take to the skies to do battle that have not been given the emphasis they deserve – until now. You do not have to be an aviation aficionado to enjoy Colonel Steve Ladd’s fascinating personal tale, woven around his 28-year career as a fighter pilot. This extremely engaging account follows a young man from basic pilot training to senior command through the narratives that define a unique ethos. From the United States to Southeast Asia; Europe to the Middle East; linking the amusing and tongue-in-cheek to the deadly serious and poignant, this is the lifelong journey of a fighter pilot. The anecdotes provided are absorbing, providing an insight into life as an Air Force pilot, but, in this book, as Colonel Ladd stresses, the focus is not on fireworks or stirring tales of derring-do. Instead, this is an articulate and absorbing account of what life is really like among a rare breed of arrogant, cocky, boisterous and fun-loving young men who readily transform into steely professionals at the controls of a fighter aircraft. From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog is a terrific read: the legacy of a fighter pilot.

The F-14 Tomcat Book by Terry C. Treadwell

The F-14 Tomcat Book
  • Author : Terry C. Treadwell
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • Release Date : 2019-05-15
  • Category: Transportation
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 1445686406
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Summary: With a wealth of illustrations, Terry Treadwell tells the story of this famous aircraft - The F-14 Tomcat.

Kafka on the Shore Book by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore Book
  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2005-01-18
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN Code: 1400044812
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Summary: Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers. Here we meet a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who is on the run, and Nakata, an aging simpleton who is drawn to Kafka for reasons that he cannot fathom. As their paths converge, acclaimed author Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder, in what is a truly remarkable journey.

Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat Book by Tom Cooper,Farzad Bishop

Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat Book
  • Author : Tom Cooper,Farzad Bishop
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-11-20
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 178200761X
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Summary: So formidable an opponent did the Iraqi airforce consider the F-14 that during the Iran-Iraq war, they ordered their pilots not to engage F-14s and the presence of one in an area was usually enough to empty it of Iraqi aircraft. Officially losses where tiny; only one F-14 was lost in aerial combat (to a MiG-21), one to a control problem and one downed by a ground-to-air missile. This book looks at the F-14's Iranian combat history and includes first hand accounts from the pilots themselves. It will consider key engagements and the central figures involved, illustrating the realities, successes and failures of the Iranian air campaign.

TOPGUN'S TOP 10 Book by Guy M Snodgrass

TOPGUN'S TOP 10 Book
  • Author : Guy M Snodgrass
  • Publisher : Center Street
  • Release Date : 2020-09-15
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 1546059628
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Summary: Learn how to be a leader in your own life and career with expert advice from one of the Navy's elite TOPGUN instructors. During a twenty-year career in uniform, Guy Snodgrass became one of the most skilled fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, commanding combat jets over some of the most dangerous war zones in the world -- and he did it all using the lessons he learned at the Navy's Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). The real-life inspiration for the blockbuster films Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick, the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School trains the top one percent of our nation's fighter pilots. Over the course of twelve weeks, these pilots are drilled on aerial tactics, combat, and skills required to win in any organization. Ordinary people are transformed into world-class leaders. Pilots, like Commander Snodgrass, who remain on staff as TOPGUN instructors, are held to even higher and more demanding standards. In TOPGUN's Top 10, Commander Snodgrass distills some of the most important lessons he's learned and taught over the course of his career into a taut, engaging book for readers of all ages and experience levels. It's the perfect gift for anyone looking to change careers, excel in the workplace, or find their way in the world after college graduation. Smart, practical, and direct, Snodgrass's account of real TOPGUN experience will inspire a new generation of leaders.

Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat Book by Tom Cooper,Farzad Bishop

Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat Book
  • Author : Tom Cooper,Farzad Bishop
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-11-20
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 178200761X
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Summary: So formidable an opponent did the Iraqi airforce consider the F-14 that during the Iran-Iraq war, they ordered their pilots not to engage F-14s and the presence of one in an area was usually enough to empty it of Iraqi aircraft. Officially losses where tiny; only one F-14 was lost in aerial combat (to a MiG-21), one to a control problem and one downed by a ground-to-air missile. This book looks at the F-14's Iranian combat history and includes first hand accounts from the pilots themselves. It will consider key engagements and the central figures involved, illustrating the realities, successes and failures of the Iranian air campaign.

F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring Freedom Book by Tony Holmes

F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring Freedom Book
  • Author : Tony Holmes
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-11-20
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 1782006737
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Summary: The legendary F-14 Tomcat was the weapon of choice to strike against the enemies of the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks, with F-14s flying thousands of bombing missions on al-Qaeda and Taliban positions. Written by aviation expert Tony Holmes, this book explores the F-14 pilots and aircraft involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, with insights into the tactical approach and strategic aims provided by officers. Exclusive access to mission reports, combat diaries, fullcolour artwork and photographs from the author's collection reveal the battle experiences of the most famous modern fast jet.

US Navy F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom Book by Tony Holmes

US Navy F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom Book
  • Author : Tony Holmes
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-11-20
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 1782006702
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Summary: Since the limited Desert Fox campaign against Iraq in December 1998, the Tomcat has been integral to virtually all combat operations involving the US Navy in the Arabian Gulf. Indeed, on every carrier deployment to the Persian Gulf since Desert Fox, the F-14 unit(s) on station has ventured into 'The Sand Box' over southern Iraq and prosecuted targets operating in contravention to United Nations security council resolutions. This book covers the F-14 Operation Iraqi Freedom actions against battlefield targets and integrated air defence sites, command and control centres, regime leadership targets and military installations in Baghdad, Tikrit, Mosul and Kirkuk.

Fighter Pilot Book by Christina Olds,Robin Olds,Ed Rasimus

Fighter Pilot Book
  • Author : Christina Olds,Robin Olds,Ed Rasimus
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2010-04-13
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN Code: 9781429929097
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Summary: Please note: This ebook edition does not include the photo insert from the print edition. The widely anticipated memoir of legendary ace American fighter pilot, Robin Olds Robin Olds was a larger-than-life hero with a towering personality. A graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army, Olds was one of the toughest college football players at the time. In WWII, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—and an ace with 12 aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend. He arrived in 1966 to find a dejected group of pilots and motivated them by placing himself on the flight schedule under officers junior to himself, then challenging them to train him properly because he would soon be leading them. Proving he wasn't a WWII retread, he led the wing with aggressiveness, scoring another four confirmed kills, becoming a rare triple ace. Olds (who retired a brigadier general and died in 2007) was a unique individual whose personal story is one of the most eagerly anticipated military books of the year.

Thunder Below! Book by Eugene B. Fluckey

Thunder Below! Book
  • Author : Eugene B. Fluckey
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release Date : 2013-04-01
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN Code: 0252097440
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Summary: The thunderous roar of exploding depth charges was a familiar and comforting sound to the crew members of the USS Barb, who frequently found themselves somewhere between enemy fire and Davy Jones's locker. Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey. This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen. And in a fascinating twist, he uses archival documents from the Japanese Navy to give its version of events. The unique story of the Barb begins with its men, who had the confidence to become unbeatable. Each team helped develop innovative ideas, new tactics, and new strategies. All strove for personal excellence, and success became contagious. Instead of lying in wait under the waves, the USS Barb pursued enemy ships on the surface, attacking in the swift and precise style of torpedo boats. She was the first sub to use rocket missiles and to creep up on enemy convoys at night, joining the flank escort line from astern, darting in and out as she sank ships up the column. Surface-cruising, diving only to escape, "Luckey Fluckey" relentlessly patrolled the Pacific, driving his boat and crew to their limits. There can be no greater contrast to modern warfare's long-distance, videogame style of battle than the exploits of the captain and crew of the USS Barb, where they sub, out of ammunition, actually rammed an enemy ship until it sank. Thunder Below! is a first-rate, true-life, inspirational story of the courage and heroism of ordinary men under fire.

Inside Marine One Book by Col. Ray L'Heureux,Lee Kelley

Inside Marine One Book
  • Author : Col. Ray L'Heureux,Lee Kelley
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-27
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 1466837756
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Summary: Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux always dreamed of bring a pilot. Growing up, he built airplane models and dreamed about soaring over the earth. When he was twelve, his mom treated him to a flying lesson at the local airfield. Taken on a short flight by an instructor and allowed to operate the controls for part of the flight, he was hooked forever. It wasn't until he was running low on college funds and saw a recruiter at his college that he joined the Marines and began the journey towards his dream from Parris Island to Bravo Company and, then, officer training school. One day at an airfield when President Reagan landed on this way to a fundraiser, Frenchy's life changed forever when encountered HMX1, the squadron that flies the President in Marine One. When he saw the white-topped Sea King and White Hawk helicopters, he was determined to become part of that elite group. Inside Marine One is Col. L'Heureux's inspiring story of a young man who dreamed of flying, trained, studied and worked hard to become the pilot who ended up serving four US Presidents - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. It's also a personal guided tour inside the world's most famous helicopter by a man who knows that flying machine better than any other. Inside Marine One is a great American success story of a young boy who dreamed big, worked hard and finally flew the President of the United States as his number one passenger.

America’s Secret MiG Squadron Book by Gaillard R. Peck, Jr

America’s Secret MiG Squadron Book
  • Author : Gaillard R. Peck, Jr
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-07-20
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 178096868X
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Summary: America's Secret MiG Squadrons is the story of a group of incredibly brave military pioneers who put their lives on the line to establish a training program that would prepare the US Air Force for a potential Cold War battle with Soviet aircraft. As a F-4 Phantom II pilot in Vietnam, Col. Peck had been shocked by the technological abilities of Soviet-built aircraft, and at the poor level of training available to US pilots to aid them in their battles with Soviet MiGs in the skies over Vietnam. Working with the support of Gen Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and under conditions of extreme secrecy, the CONSTANT PEG program was launched with Peck as the original Red Eagle. This is the fascinating history of the men who trained to fly and maintain covertly obtained MiGs, for the first time providing an insider's perspective, personal anecdotes, and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and scepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center – the real Top Gun.

The Coup Maker Book by Caleb Havebond

The Coup Maker Book
  • Author : Caleb Havebond
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2012-01-11
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 482
  • ISBN Code: 1469132400
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Summary: Colonel James Carlton, a decorated veteran pilot of the United States Air Force in the Vietnam War, is haunted by a nightmarish event that occurred one, deep behind enemy lines in the ravaged jungles of Vietnam, perpetrated by men within Americas shadow Government. Victor Matine is a clandestine C.I.A covert operative, known as an untouchable; Victor carries out the Agencies various black bag operations around the world in his illustrious thirty eight year career. Colonel Carlton is an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot stationed out of the 433rd tactical fighting wing in Ubon Thailand, whilst on a routine bombing mission he is shot down and safely ejects into the jungle, leading him into a perilous situation below.

Rio: Man of Destiny Book by Cait London

Rio: Man of Destiny Book
  • Author : Cait London
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2011-07-15
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 1459258339
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Summary: HIS BIOLOGICAL CLOCK… A ranch full of black-haired Blaylock babies and a loving wife were what thirty-seven-year-old Rio Blaylock craved—a family to love and live for. But the woman he passionately wanted had just inherited half his business, and marriage was the last thing on independant Paloma Forbes's mind. Especially because she'd come home to Jasmine, Wyoming, desperate to claim her rightful inheritance and uncover her family's secrets…. The Blaylock family had the answers Paloma sought, but a promise kept them from telling her the truth. And that truth was only a marriage certificate anyway…. The BLAYLOCKS treasure the land, guard their family legacy and always cherish their women.