Author Adam Gamal on “The Unit”

“When I came to the US, I feel it’s an opportunity to embrace a new country. A new country that gave me the opportunity to dream.”

Welcome Adam Gamal

We’re joined on the Starline by a ghost. He has been part of a military group preventing dozens against terrorist attacks against the US and Western World, Veterans Affairs doesn’t have a listing for him. He has teamed up with Kelly Kennedy to tell his story in “The Unit”. Because of risk to him and his family his voice will be disguised. We welcome Adam Gamal.

Adam, let’s go Beyond the Mic. You served with honor to our country for more than twenty years with the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Legion of Merit to your name. From Bosnia, to Iraq, Yemen to Africa you fought with honor. But you were born in Egypt, you were an immigrant to the USA, why did you have to fight?

The Unit’s motto came from Isaiah 6:8 “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then said I, “Here I am; send me.” Why was it important for you to be a part of this team?

Everyone in the Unit had a story of pain or trauma or challenge. How did facing adversity help The Unit become stronger together?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. What’s your favorite chess opening?

2. First thing you bought after basic was a bottle of cologne, what brand was it?

3. Favorite type of MRE had what in it?

4. Best thing about being a girl dad?

5. How much can you bench now?

6. What’s the first name or alias of the person who means the most to you from The Unit?

7. Least favorite place you visited as member of The Unit?

8. Favorite book to read?

The Back Half:

How long did it take from writing to getting clearance to publish?

Since The Unit is so secretive, is it impossible to know a former member by a current member and vice versa?

Why is diversity important for the military?

How did serving your new country change the way you feel about Egypt?

Your parents didn’t know about the incredible things you did as part of The Unit. How did not they telling them helped them keep them safe?

What part of the world scares you now?

One Big Question:

“Seeds are education. Weeds are extremists.” What’s the most important thing this country needs in your opinion?

The Wrap:

He loves the veggie MRE’s, daughters keep him grounded and he wants you to read his book “The Unit: My Life Fighting Terrorists as one of America’s Most Secret Military Operatives.” Adam Gamal, thank you for your service and the time you took to talk with us today.

And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

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