As a young man, the author lived in various places in the US and abroad while serving in the US Air Force. This is not a book about military adventures, but is rather a collection of interactions and experiences from those travels. Written with humor and candor, Echoes From My Military Past tells about the good, the bad, and the silly when it comes to the people involved. The military is the backdrop to the author’s experiences, and it was also the vehicle that put him in these sometimes fantastical situations. Whether you served or not, you’ll find entertainment and substance in these tales with a minimum of Air Force and military jargon.
Written by a long-serving Air Force vet, the stories told here will absolutely appeal to those who have served in the Armed Forces. At the same time, it's not a military book and was written in a way that anyone with good humor and an appreciation for the human condition can appreciate.
This is a charming and humorous book whose chapters generally involve individual vignettes with different characters, both good and bad people, but always interesting.
The Air Force took the author to destinations that contributed to his exposure to most of these characters but, as the cover notes indicate, you don’t need military or exotic location experience to appreciate and relate to the stories.
My life experiences and locations happen to closely parallel the author’s, to include encounters with necrosis-inducing spiders but (oh my god) not involving the perineum!
The book closes with the admission that the stories related are only the tip of the author’s personal iceberg.
Let’s hope Lee Badman finds it in his future to write about more of his fascinating encounters.
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