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January 15, 2011

Lake Erie College Presents Green Beret and Noted Author
Retired Sergeant one of the first into Afghanistan after 9/11

After 20 years in the Army’s Special Forces, Huntsville, Alabama native Steven Newman traded his Army boots for books. Newman, the author of “The Night Eagles Soared,” will be the guest speaker at Lake Erie College, Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Noon at the Dickinson Auditorium in the Austin Hall of Science.
“The Night Eagles Soared” is about a Special Forces Team Sergeant who leads the first team of Green Berets into Afghanistan after 9-11; and although it is a fictional story, it is based on true events, facts and emotion. Newman created the protagonist Mike,  that allowed him to construct the story based on his own experiences in the Army as a sergeant of a Special Forces team from the jungles of South America to the deserts of the Middle East. He relates the story of how he came to be selected to lead this team at that incredible moment in history. For many authors that write about military life, their work is the product of research. “The Night Eagles Soared,” however, comes from one whose boots have been on the ground.

“My original intent was to create a story that would be understandable and enjoyable to younger readers, say at the age of seventeen. I did this by not making the story so technical that only my fellow soldiers would be able to understand it. My hope has always been that the story will impart a sense of pride in the military and perhaps convince some to join”, said Newman.
Newman has made freelance writing his career since retiring from the Army. He is a graduate of Columbia University in Missouri and is earning his Masters in Military Studies at American Military University in Manassas, Virginia. A portion of the proceeds from his first novel will provide support to wounded Special Operations soldiers through the Task Force Dagger Foundation.
The presentation is free and open to the public though an RSVP is required as a limited number of seats are available. Boxed lunches will be served at 11:45am.  Newman will be available following the event for a meet-and-greet and will have copies of his book for sale for $15.
For more information or to register for the event, please call the Office of Public Relations at 440-375-7230 or email to


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