When you hear that Bronson Lemer, a closeted gay midwestern soldier, had to wear pantyhose in Iraq you envision another god-awful straight military drag show, but no, he had to wear them to thwart the ever-present sand fleas. It wasn't what he had planned for his twenties. After five and a half years as a carpenter in the North Dakota National Guard, he thought he was nearly done with his service; then he was deployed to Baghdad for a year. Dodging landmines, hiding his sexuality, he endures his tour of duty thanks to the lessons of his father and discovering his own core strength. According to his publisher, Lemer's memoir The Last Deployment is: moving, provocative, often funny, sometimes anguished, and deeply personal.