I would like to thank with the utmost gratitude to my loving wife, life partner and editor. She has been an invaluable aid to me, without whose help none of my books would have been possible, especially these two volumes on the fictional Anderson Family.

I would also like to pay my kindest regards to Augustin Valdovinos and Alfred Venditti who provided direction and technical advisement on all matters military. Without their help I would have been hopelessly bogged down in all of the details regarding terminology, military advancement and pay grades.

I would also thank my co-worker who provided an invaluable sounding board for character development, Judith Elevado.

Finally, I would like to thank Linda G. for her insistence that I include the humanistic touch of pets in my storyline.