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Lessons From A Pioneering West Point Woman

Debra Lewis at Pentagon, 2001. (Courtesy Debra Lewis)

Debra Lewis at Pentagon, 2001. (Courtesy Debra Lewis)

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Adversity is nothing new for combat veteran Colonel Debra M. Lewis, a pioneering woman in the Army. The mother of one, and stepmother of two, retired after thirty years of active duty in 2010.  During her career Lewis was an inspector general, a commander in Iraq, inside the Pentagon during the 9/11 attack, and graduated with the first class of women at West Point in 1980.

“Women have come a long way and we have every reason to be proud. When we arrived to West Point we faced low-to-no expectations on our ability to do anything,” Lewis said.

She and her sisters-in-arms faced open hostility and challenges as the first females at the Academy. “But look at us now:  we have women who’ve graduated Ranger School, women in top-level positions, and we’ve proved we can deal with adversity,” she stated.
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Alex Quade emcees Medal of Honor event

Mike Thornton Unveiling-173The Center for American Values hosted Medal of Honor recipient, Mike Thornton, a Navy SEAL, on May 7, 2016 in Pueblo, Colo. Freelance war reporter Alex Quade was the emcee for the event. Thornton’s official Portrait of Valor was unveiled during the ceremony, along with pre-release of his new book, “By Honor Bound”, written with fellow SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient, Tommy Norris.  Medal of Honor recipient, Special Force member Drew Dix, who is the visionary behind the Center, participated in the unveiling ceremony.



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Alex Quade signs book deal

alexquade2016(New York – April 27, 2016) — Mauro DiPreta, Publisher of Hachette Books, announced today the acquisition of DANGER CLOSE, a nonfiction narrative by award-winning war reporter, Alex Quade, who covers Special Operations Forces on combat missions downrange and who has experienced unprecedented access to these elite combat troops.
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Press Women award Quade with award

Danger Close_V1 copyAlex Quade won a National Federation of Press Women Award for one of her stories covering 10th Special Forces Group in combat downrange.


Alex Quade video recognized by Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists awarded a second place Green Eyeshade Award to Alex Quade for the her video, “Special Forces Calling Airstrikes.”  [Read more…]

Alex Quade wins Jury Award at film festival

Military Reporter & Editor Association Board Member, Alex Quade, won the Jury Award at the Monarch Film Festival in California last week for her three documentaries on Special Operations Forces. During press interviews, Alex discussed embedded journalism. [Read more…]

Alex Quade garners press coverage for film documentaries

MRE Board Member Alex Quade talked about journalism and being an embedded reporter during three press interviews in California, in anticipation of her Special Forces documentaries screening at the Monarch Film Festival this week. [Read more…]

Alex Quade featured at Monarch Film Festival

Alex Quade photo2015A special military film by Alex Quade at The Monarch Film Festival will be at Lighthouse Cinemas, 525 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, Ca. on Thursday Dec.10, 8:15 p.m. Encore performance Friday Dec.11, 9:10 p.m.

Tickets for or military event block can be purchased at theater: http://www. (Online tickets are only available until the day before the event.

You can still purchase tickets at the theater on the day of the screening).


Graphic Video: CNN’s Alex Quade HUNTING IED’s (Part 1)

EXCLUSIVE: Improvised explosive devices, weapons of choice by insurgents in Iraq. The homemade bombs kill more U.S. troops than anything else, and they making patrolling the front lines even more deadly. CNN’s Alex Quade embedded with a marine patrol whose mission is to find and destroy those IEDs — this is Part One of Two. (War Reporter Alex Quade’s special series aired on CNN’s “Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer”, “Anderson Cooper 360”, “Paula Zahn Now”, CNN Newsroom. [Read more…]

Alex Quade wins two documentary awards

Alex Quade won two documentary awards at the Gig Harbor Film Festival. Quade won an “Audience Choice Award” for her documentary, “Taliban Capture & Release”, and “Best Short Film” for her documentary, “Danger Close: Spec Ops Gunship.” The summary follows: [Read more…]