17 May 2012

BKNT Member ALEX QUADE's World premiere of "HORSE SOLDIERS OF 9/11"

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 [ed.note: BRAVO ZULU Alex!]

Many congratulations to Alex for this film! 

In the words of one soldier: "Alex has done something that most journalists never get to do; to cover Special Forces and Rangers first hand. These organizations are very hard to get any information out of because of the nature of their mission. The trust that these unit's have in Alex speaks for itself."

Horse Soldiers of 9/11

Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, come along for the ride with the Horse Soldiers of 9/11.
It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

All at once, the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of small teams of U.S. Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: ride horses into combat.

That photo would go on to inspire an artist to sculpt an 18ft tall monument at Ground Zero, ten years later.

The courage of the first into battle is what guarantees the courage of those that follow: “Horse Soldiers Of 9/11”… a film by war reporter Alex Quade.

Attached is press release for the documentary which debuts on Sunday 20 May 6:45pm at GI Film Festival in Washington, DC at the Navy Heritage Center.

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About the Director

War Reporter Alex Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces on combat missions downrange. She is the recipient of the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society’s “Tex McCrary Award For Excellence In Journalism” for her war reportage.

The Medal of Honor recipients present the award to individuals who, through their life’s work, have distinguished themselves by service or unbiased coverage of the United States Military through journalism. Prior recipients of this prestigious award include legendary broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Mike Wallace, Tim Russert, Paul Harvey, and author Joe Galloway.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society recognized Ms.Quade, “for her courageous reporting and honest news coverage”.

Quade worked at Fox News Channel before heading overseas in 1998 to cover war zones and hostile environments as a freelancer, mainly for CNN. Extreme storytelling and silent risk-taking lie at the heart of what she does. As a “one-man-band”, she embeds with elite combat units several months at a time, producing exclusive, long-form, special series and documentaries.

Quade’s commitment to providing viewers “ground truth” behind the world’s conflict zones has kept her “boots on the ground”. For her award-winning “Brothers In Arms” for CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now”, Quade followed an Army National Guard family for 18-months, from Idaho to Iraq, and back. Following the program’s airing on CNN, President George W. Bush publicly recognized the family for their bravery.

Quade’s dedication to giving voice to those in the fight is evident in “Hunting IEDs” for CNN’s “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″. Her series gave viewers their first inside look at a dangerous Marine Platoon mission in Fallujah. The U.S. Department of Defense Joint IED Defeat Task Force has used her piece as a case study.

In “Combat Search And Rescue” for CNN’s “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer” and “The Glenn Beck Show” on Headline News (HLN), Quade shared high-risk rescue missions from the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan with U.S. Special Operations Forces.

Alex Quade has been embedded with every branch of the U.S. military, and serves on the Board of Military Reporters and Editors, the Association of Military Journalists.


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