Jay Lacklen retired from the Air Force reserve in 2004 as a Lt Col with 12,500 flying hours. He taught Air Force T-1 pilot training simulators at Columbus AFB, Mississippi from 2005-2014. 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 lives in northern Virginia and is married with four adult daughters and two granddaughters. This is his three-book memoir of Air Force life in the last third of the 20th Century.