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TITLE: Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base
AUTHOR: Andy Brown
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 5 November 2016
RETAIL PRICE: $19.99 paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9978634-0-6
PAGES: 378

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Andy Brown


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About the Author

Andy Brown grew up in Port Orchard, Washington and joined the Air Force in 1989, shortly after graduating from South Kitsap High School. He served as a law enforcement specialist in the Security Police/Security Forces career field and was stationed in Idaho, Greece, Washington, Hawaii and New Mexico.
He now lives in the Spokane, Washington area and works for the Department of Homeland Security.
After seven years of research he wrote Warnings Unheeded. The book is part of his ongoing effort to share the lessons learned from the mass public murder and fatal B-52 crash at Fairchild Air Force Base, as well as the heroic actions of those involved and his experience with the effects of trauma.

About the Book

Warnings Unheeded delivers a revealing look at the events that led to a mass murder and a fatal plane crash at Fairchild Air Force Base.

Those who recognized a mentally ill airman’s potential for violence and tried to help him were frustrated by politics and bureaucracy. When the troubled airman opened fire in Fairchild’s hospital, an Air Force security policeman was prepared for the gunfight and hospital personnel were prepared to save lives. But no one was prepared for the traumatic aftermath.

A B-52 pilot was a crowd favorite at Fairchild’s air shows but his reckless maneuvers caused some airmen to refuse to fly with him. He was protected from disciplinary action and attempts to ground him, but nothing could save him when he pushed too far during an air show practice mission four days after the shooting.
Written by the man who ended the shooting spree using information garnered from interviews, reports, witness statements, mental health records and the gunman’s correspondence and journal entries.

From the Foreword by Massad Ayoob

“There are specific lessons in this book which can prevent lethal tragedy. Lessons for bosses, subordinates, and co-workers. Lessons for law enforcement, and for psychologists, and for human resource personnel. But there are also general lessons for us all that can save lives, though perhaps not so dramatically nor so heroically as Andy Brown saved uncounted lives when he rode to the ‘sound of the guns.’”

Prepublication Reviews

“An amazing book. An instant classic. Staff Sergeant Brown is a true guardian who saved countless lives with supernatural marksmanship skill in a moment of great need, but he has also proven himself to be a true warrior-wordsmith who will save even more lives, as the lessons from this book are learned and applied in our current violent times. Absolutely “required reading” for law enforcement and mental health professionals, but also profoundly valuable for anyone who wants to understand violence and mental illness in our society today.”
—Lt Col Dave Grossman (US Army, retired)
Author of On Combat, On Killing, and Assassination Generation

“The compelling true story of a law enforcement officer who kills a mass murderer and then meticulously digs out the twisted circumstances that brought them together that fateful day. Rich in fascinating detail and page-turning narration, Warnings Unheeded delivers memorable insights into the kind of slaughter that so often fills news cycles these days, and the resilience heroes need to fight back from the emotional toll of protecting other lives.”
Charles Remsberg, Author of the Street Survival book series for police

“In vivid and thoroughly researched detail, Andy Brown masterfully weaves two tragic stories that display how interventions were thwarted and clear warning signs of danger were overlooked due to politics and military pressures. In parallel accounts he craftily weds the stories of the vivid dysfunction of a troubled young airman and the reckless arrogance of a senior officer and aviator. As Andy Brown clearly displays, if warnings had been heeded, the behavior of both men would not have led to disastrous ends. Disturbing as these stories are, this is an important and well-written read.”
—Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D., Author of Blind-Sided: Homicide Where it is Least Expected and A Violent Heart

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