A while ago I read a post on FaceBook that has stayed with me. It said something to the effect of – on July 4th we celebrate our independence and freedom; on November 11th we celebrate the men and women in our armed forces who protect our independence and freedom.
With that thought in mind, I wanted to take time to celebrate our veterans as well as those currently serving in our armed forces, and to recognize those within our publishing family who have served their country. We humbly and gratefully thank you all.
Edward Loffredo was in the United States Air Force from August 1962 through August 1982 at which time he retired T/SSgt E5. He was in 53 rescue missions and flew on a HC130 Turbo Prop which holds the long distance non-stop record for Turboprop Aircraft – 7,280 miles from Formosa to Scott AFB without a refuel. That accomplishment is on the Air Force trophy at the Smithsonian Air Museum in Washington, DC. Ed, who lives in Denver, Colorado is the author of The Lost Aztiki Tribe and the Mysterious Cave of Gold published by BQB Publishing in 2015.
Kenneth L. Capps spent 13 years in the United States Marine Corp. He lives in New Bern, North Carolina and is the author of the award winning book Forgiving Waters, which was published in 2012 by BQB Publishing. Ken’s second book, Shadows at War will be released by BQB Publishing in September 2016.
Gerald J. Schnitzer served in the United States Air Corp from 1942-1945. He now lives in Laguna Woods, California and is the author of My Floating Grandmother and co-author of Blood of the White Bear both published by WriteLife Publishing.
Don Campbell served in the United States Navy in Vietnam from 1969-1972 in active duty and then four years reserve. He was stationed on the USS Bainbridge which was a nuclear destroyer. They were part of the West Pac group. His ship was one of the ships deployed during the Pueblo incident. He was in supply on the ship in charge of payroll and would have to go into Danang frequently. Those were the days before cell phones and internet so communication was my snail mail. His wife Cheryl says they quickly learned to date and number their letters so they knew which to read first as they would sometimes get a half dozen letters at a time. While Don is not a BQB or WriteLife author, his wife Cheryl is the author of three children’s Christmas books published by BQB Publishing, and Don is right by her side, supporting her in every way he can. Don and Cheryl live in New Port Richey, Florida near their granddaughter.
A retired Nebraska Air National Guard major general, Mark Musick served as the commander of the Lincoln-based 155th Air Refueling Wing from 1994 to 1998, the assistant adjutant general for Air, and finally as the mobilization assistant to the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska prior to retiring from the military in 2008 as a major general. Mark discovered the story and did the research for the book Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes which was originally released in 2010 by WriteLife Publishing. Since its release, new evidence, photos, and interviews have been discovered and Mark co-authored the second edition which WriteLife Publishing will release in March 2016. Mark lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mark Rickert served eight years in the United States Army Reserves. He served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003-2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He began writing his novel, The Tone Poet, (published by BQB Publishing in 2014) while stationed in Baghdad. Mark received his Masters degree in English at MTSU under the GI Bill. Mark’s first nonfiction book, These are My People, is a story about his grandfather Merle Kilgore who was integrally involved in country music. The book will be released by WriteLife Publishing in September 2016. Mark, his wife, and their two children live in Annapolis, Maryland.
Steve McKenna is a Vietnam War Veteran and recipient of the following awards: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry badge, Military Merit Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Valorous Unit Award, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Vietnam Civil Actions Medal, State of New York Conspicuous Service Star, and the State of New York Medal for Merit. His book, Vietnam Reflections was published in 2012 by WriteLife Publishing and re-released in 2014 by BQB Publishing. Steve and his family live in Albion, New York.