The author is retired Army with 21 years as a noncommissioned and commissioned officer working in Special Forces and conventional assignments world-wide. After retirement he worked in higher education as an educator and administrator. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science, a Master of Arts degree in International Relations/Strategic Studies (much to everyone’s surprise) and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is currently living the good life with his wife and dog in North Carolina, having heartlessly abandoned his adult son and daughter in Utah for life as a Southern Gentleman. The Companion is his first novel.