Research Tour of Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska

Today, my wife, son Isaac, and I had a very thorough and highly informative tour of Eielson AFB. A great many thanks to Jack Waid, the 354th Fighter Wing Historian who did a great job of showing us around and introducing us to the real people corresponding to some of the characters in the last chapter of Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton as well as some of the characters in Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back. In the HQ, we saw the Wing Commander’s conference room as well as the conference room in the classified vault where book 3 meetings will take place. We saw several other locations in book 3 including the Officers Club, Base Hotel, Defender Hall, Supply, the Range, etc. This was exactly what I needed to be able to picture the locations for half of the important action in book 3. I also learned several things that are either wrong in the current book 2 manuscript or which can be significantly improved. All in all, a very productive day and I feel extremely appreciative and honored to have been provided with so much information that will make my Hell Hole series better.

About Donald

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray. By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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