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 Happy Valley 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 later retired from the Navy. 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 now in print, Bruce is actively working on a variety of nonfiction projects. In addition to writing, he is an experienced public speaker and appears in documentaries produced by the History Channel, Fox News Channel, PBS, and the World War II Foundation. Cancer-free for more than thirty years, he lives near Madison, Georgia.