BACK IN THE DAY...
Bruce flew as a navigator in Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) from 1982-1985, including two deployments aboard the USS Carl Vinson. The A-3 Skywarrior was the largest aircraft flown operationally from US Navy carriers.
AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Raised in Central Pennsylvania, Bruce earned his Navy wings as an Overwater Jet Navigator and served operationally during the closing years of the Cold War. In 1988, while based in Pensacola as a flight instructor, he was diagnosed with a malignant spinal cord tumor and retired from the Navy with a permanent disability. Bruce subsequently worked part-time as the staff historian for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation until 1996, when he made the leap to freelance writing. His first book, The Black Sheep, was published in 1998. With seven books in print, Bruce has appeared in documentaries produced by the History Channel, Discovery Network, Fox News Channel, PBS, the World War II Foundation, and more. He currently is creating content for Skywarrior Media, a channel dedicated to historically accurate video productions. Cancer-free for more than 35 years, Bruce lives in the countryside near Madison, Georgia.