Kurt Kalbfleisch is a writer who still works for the US Navy to pay the bills. He joined the US Navy after graduating from high school in 1979. Following his training as a Fire Controlman, Kurt’s first two assignments were as a Close-In Weapon System technician aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67) and USS SAVANNAH (AOR 4). After serving as part of the commissioning crew of USS GARY (FFG 51), Kurt served as a Close-In Weapon System instructor at Service School Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. After his initiation as a Chief Petty Officer, Kurt joined the commissioning crew of USS COWPENS (CG 63), where he served as Leading Chief Petty Officer of the combined Gunnery and Cruise Missile divisions. On 17 January 1993, the 212th anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle for which his ship was named, Kurt led the crew in a Tomahawk missile strike against targets in Iraq. Following a tour as an instructor at Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific in San Diego, Kurt returned to sea in USS ELLIOT (DD 967) as Leading Chief of Strike Warfare division. He retired from the Navy in 2002, and now lives with his family in La Mesa, California.