About face” A Soldier’s story about life, resilience and success. a memoir written by author thomas taylor . In this empowering memoir, thomas describes his rural and small town childhood. Thomas writes about devoting himself to the us army at an early age, by serving an honorable thirty-six years of military service. Thomas goes into the challenges he faced becoming a Soldier, his three deployments which included the gulf war, operation iraqi freedom and new dawn. and, his inevitable transition from military to civilian life.