K.A. Bachus is acquainted with the world of Cold War secrets. A
Chicago-born granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants who fled Hitler
and Stalin, she began adult life during the last year of the
Vietnam era by enlisting in the United States Air Force. Her first
duty assignment brought her to a special operations unit in
Florida, where she worked as an administrative clerk in an
intelligence office. There she typed aircrew briefings and managed
a large intelligence library maintained in support of a worldwide
The future author deployed with her unit for operational exercises
to places such as Zweibrücken, West Germany and Fort Bragg, North
Carolina, where she learned the importance of coffee. Besides
performing her ordinary clerical duties on these deployments, she
was designated as a weapons custodian and classified courier. She
attended the Foreign Internal Defense Course at the Air Force
Special Operations School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
During these years, Ms. Bachus developed a profound respect for the
warriors and special operations experts she worked with, whose
service and sacrifices during three wars far overshadowed her own
limited role in the support and defense of the Constitution of the
After being commissioned as a second lieutenant, Ms. Bachus served
as an administrative officer in England and Japan, holding various
positions including security officer, personnel reliability
officer, chief of central base admin, executive officer and
headquarters squadron commander. Later as a civilian, she wrote for
a newspaper and practiced criminal defense law.
K.A. Bachus lives and writes in Maine, USA, where she is active in
veterans’ and writers’ groups.
And, of course, she drives a black Mercedes.