About The Author
LW Hawke – BackDraft:
LW Hawke grew up on USAF military bases in the ‘Lions Grip’ under intelligence lock-and-key. His father, the ‘Old Man’ was a frontline paratrooper pilot in WWII. In Korea, he made an emergency landing to pick up stranded troops while taking on enemy fire. With the starboard engine in flames, they cleared the ridgeline clipping treetops, crossed the DMZ and landed with the wounded he picked up and his shot up C-47.
He flew USAF B-47 nuclear jet bombers during the Cold War. His Intelligence background also landed him a slot with the National Reconnaissance Office, retrofitted NRO B-47s that flew espionage missions over the Soviet Union. Both versions were the latest military secret weapons. The highest tech, highest-flying, fastest aircraft on the planet.
He was an Intel advisor for the old school CIA, Office of Naval Intelligence ONI and undisclosed USAF NASA projects. He served as one of five on General Westmoreland’s immediate staff heading aerial recon in Vietnam. He retired from the Pentagon.
LW Hawke never knew what he did at the Pentagon. Likely Intelligence spook stuff, but the ‘Old Man’ took that with him on his last flight into the wild blue yonder.
The product of curiosity and a genius IQ, Hawke watched, listened, analyzed and learned from everything that crossed his path, especially from the ‘Old Man’ and his men. If civilian Intelligence analysts exist, Hawke and others like him fit the bill.
On The Road:
LW Hawke left home in 1965, soon joined the US Navy, volunteered for Vietnam, passed with atypical test scores and qualified for UDT. Great so far… until he crushed those ambitions in a near fatal car wreck. His 1967 SS-396 Chevelle left the road at 0200 hours along Idaho Hwy 20 and went over a ninety-foot drop off into jagged lava at Craters of the Moon National Park.
A broken neck forced Hawke’s medical discharge from the US Navy. After eight months in a body cast, the neck healed and he could return to service. But no so fast… Hawke wrecked again, this time going 85+ mph skiing in Sun Valley Idaho following an International Team downhill race. After major knee surgery, no military branch would take him and he could not return to his lifelong ambition of a military career.
The point is this: Hawke always pushed the limits. Reckless, hardheaded, fearless… call it what you want. That made him successful and far too often got him in trouble. Chasing girls, getting into saloon fights, and amusing local cops not far removed from all that and other good ol’ American pastimes.
Back at the Ranch:
Steadfast and determined, he set off on his own and found that undisciplined civilians were a different breed from a strict and principled military life, the only life he knew. Now a civilian, he took the next best thing… working on the family’s million acre Colorado cattle ranches as a cowboy, wrangler, running winter teams and heavy sleighs loaded with hay for the cattle. He soon bought his own spread near Bozeman Montana along the Madison River and engaged in real estate development.
Years later, seeing America turn upside down far to quickly, Hawke turned to his upbringing. Tactical Intelligence; Criminal Investigations; Threat Analysis and Assets Protection. He knew there was a reason America suddenly went radically wrong and still analyzes that to this day. He found many disturbing answers. Today he explores Western mountain towns, Wild river valleys, and writes about what he loves most.
The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
Treason RogueOps Series-
1′ INTERCEPT: RogueOps
2′ ANARCHY: RogueOps
3′ HARDSTRIKE: RogueOps