Courage. Determination. Sacrifice. The perfect trinity of values on daily display in our nation's military. Those values were deeply embedded in the special operations Osprey crew as they desperately fought to save their crippled airplane during the last 18 seconds of flight on April 9, 2010. This book tells the true story, unvarnished and starkly real. It will give reader's a renewed appreciation for our men and women in uniform and the extremely dangerous missions they are tasked to conduct while in a combat zones around the world.
Brigadier General (Retired) Donald D. Harvel retired from the U.S. Air Force in September of 2010 with over 34 years of military service.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1976, he received a commission into the U.S. Air Force. He attended pilot training at Williams Air Force base in Chandler, Arizona. After graduation, Don flew C-130 aircraft on active duty and in the Air National Guard. He was a squadron commander, group commander, and a wing commander. He also worked as the Air National Guard advisor to the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).
In August of 2019, Don retired from his job as a commercial airline pilot. He has over 20,000 hours of flying time in military and commercial aircraft.