Jay Lacklen retired from the Air Force reserve in 2004 as a Lt Col with 12,500 flying hours. Currently he teaches Air Force T-1 pilot training simulators at Columbus AFB, Mississippi. He grew up in Arlington, VA and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1969. In addition to pilot training aircraft, he flew 330 hours in the C-7 Caribou, 2000 hours in the B-52 bomber, and 9,500 hours in the C-5 Galaxy transport. He flew in all major military actions from Vietnam to the Iraq War. Lacklen is married with four adult daughters and one grandchild. This is his first published book.