Antenori, Frank 1967(?)-

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Antenori, Frank 1967(?)-


Born c. 1967, in Scranton, PA; married; wife's name Lesley; children: Frank III, Brodie. Education: Campbell University, B.A.


Home—Tucson, AZ. Office—Frank Antenori Campaign Committee, P.O. Box 11487, Tucson, AZ 85734-1487.


Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ, program manager. Paramedic. Military service: U.S. Army, 1984-2004; Nuclear Weapons Specialist, 1984-88, member of Special Forces, beginning 1988; awarded two Bronze Stars.


(With Hans Halberstadt) Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War (autobiography), St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 2006.


Frank Antenori joined the U.S. Army in 1984 and had a twenty-year career in the armed forces, working as a specialist in nuclear weapons and as a member of the Special Forces. He saw combat and also served on numerous humanitarian missions, with assignments in thirty-four countries around the world. Upon retiring from the military, Antenori put his experience to use as an employee of Raytheon Missile Systems. In 2006, he made a bid for political office when he ran in the Congressional election.

Antenori worked with Hans Halberstadt to write Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War, an account of some of his wartime experiences. The book's focus is the April 6, 2003 clash of Antenori's Special Forces A-Team against an Iraqi task force at Debecka Pass, in the northern section of Iraq. Each side sought control of a vital highway, needed to move supplies and troops. Antenori's team eventually succeeded in closing the road and turning away an Iraqi attack. "The authors highlight the skill and bravery of the Special Forces without overlooking their foibles and mistakes," commented a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Roughneck Nine-One is a "notable contribution" to the literature of the Iraq war and to the literature of special-forces units in general, according to Roland Green in Booklist.



Antenori, Frank, and Hans Halberstadt, Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 2006.


Booklist, May 15, 2006, Roland Green, review of Roughneck Nine-One, p. 18.

Publishers Weekly, review of Roughneck Nine-One, p. 54.

Tucson Citizen, August 7, 2006, interview with Frank Antenori.


Frank Antenori Home Page, (October 31, 2006).

Tucson Weekly Online, (August 31, 2006), Jim Nintzel, profile of Frank Antenori.*