Readings: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
at Silver Stage High School
3755 Spruce Ave, Silver Springs, Nevada
The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq
Caleb Cage Reading
This January, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents readings by writer and Iraq veteran Caleb Cage at Silver Stage High School in Silver Springs. The readings will take place during the school day on January 27. The Healthy Communities Coalition of Dayton, Nevada, and CCAI will co-sponsor this Artists In Education event.
Caleb Cage said that he and his colleague, Gregory Tomlin, wrote The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq because “We believed at the time that our soldiers had done an extraordinary job transitioning from an artillery unit into a riflemen’s platoon for a wartime mission …” — a fact he says they still believe today. He said, “It was an incredibly dangerous and complex task, and they, mostly young men in their teens and twenties, stepped up. We wanted to capture that story for ourselves, and for them.” The book was written at first in journal entries and emails by the co-authors. When they returned from the deployment in 2005, they began the lengthy editing process.
Caleb Cage was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He attended the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, where he studied American History, followed by service in the U.S. Army from 2002 until 2007. Upon graduation in 2002, he was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany, for a three-year tour. During this period, he served as a company executive officer and later as a motorized rifle platoon leader in the city of Baqubah, Iraq. Less than a year after returning to Germany, he received orders to return to Iraq, serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV as an Information Operations officer for Multinational Corps-Iraq.
He has been working on several books since publishing The Gods of Diyala. He is currently writing a book about the narratives that inform the national understanding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how we need to challenge that awareness.
Cage has served as the Director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services, a Senior Policy Advisor for rural and veterans’ issues for the Lieutenant Governor. He currently directs veterans and military policy in the Office of the Governor. Mr. Cage lives in Reno with his family.
The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.
CCAI is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, and the John and Grace Nauman Foundation.
[top image: Cage speaking to English students at Silver Stage High School]
[center image: Caleb Cage]
[bottom image: “The Gods of Diyala” book cover]