Many of the interactions in the book are taken from true life stories that I lived as a missile launch officer. The murders were thankfully not true although the lessons gained as "Jackie" moved through the Air Force were sincere.
I spent 12 years on active duty with the Air Force and met my husband at Osan Air Base in Korea. When I was pregnant with our second child, I transitioned to the Air Force Reserve and have completed over 22 years of service. I am currently a colonel working for NORAD-USNORTHCOM and have many more interesting stories to share about Air Force life. I enjoy fiction writing although incorporating the true stories from a female officer's point of view allows me a unique prospective not often written about.
Major Jackie Austin is revered across Spangdahlem Air Base as an officer and leader. From the outside, she’s got it all, to include a fighter pilot husband. In truth, things are fraying behind the scenes. All of it factors into the greatest tragedy Jackie will ever experience. Only Jackie Austin can save herself, even if it means walking straight into a den of terrorists.
Jackie was intent on being the best Missile Launch Officer that she could be, but she didn’t count on how much trouble men could cause. Challenged at every turn in the male-dominated career field, Jackie struggles between maintaining her femininity and being a strong Air Force officer. The loss of someone close to her finally opens her eyes and she makes her choice. But did she make it in time?