CSM (RET) Bob Shalala served for over 29 year in Airborne, Ranger, and Special Operations Units, where he deployed for combat operations to Panama, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Arabian Peninsula. His awards include the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and 5 Bronze Stars, 2 with Valor Devices. He is also the recipient of the Richard D. Meadows Award for Heroism. He is the author of The Spearmen Chronicles, a military science fiction about Rangers and Special Operations forces in the 22nd century. Currently he is the Manager and Business Developer at the L3-Harris facility in Spring Lake North Carolina.