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Jack Kassinger was born in Henderson, Kentucky, but spent his formative years in the small rural town of Livermore. After high school and college, he joined the Marine Corps and served in Viet Nam where he was wounded in action.
He joined the Central Intelligence Agency following his tour with the Marines and retired from that organization as a Senior Intelligence Officer. While with the CIA he attended the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.
During his service with the CIA, he received several awards for valor, heroism, and service above and beyond the call of duty, both from the CIA and the Department of Defense. His awards include the Intelligence Medal of Merit, twice awarded, the Intelligence Star for Valor, and certificates of appreciation from the Joint Special Operations Command.
After retiring, Jack was employed with a privately held company to manage security operations for the construction of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia and the new U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.
He currently resides in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas with his wife Cherie. They have two married children.