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This month's winner:
War of Wits Publishing Ltd. would like to announce the winner of its most recent book contest which ended on July 1, 2008. Because he serves in our military, we are only able to use our winner's first name. Mark is the winner of an autographed copy of Grayston L. Lynch's Decision for Disaster: Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs.

photo by Jim Dibbs Mark resides in the Houston area and is a member of the now defunct 111 Fighter Squadron. Unfortunately, for Mark, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) retired the F-16s he had been flying, and left the unit with the aircraft of the future, the MQ-1 Predator. The MQ-1 Predator is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which though it will save lives, has put Mark and a lot of other Air Force pilots out of a job.

His next job for the Air Force will be as an instructor pilot in the T-38, teaching new recruits at Undergraduate Pilot Training.

Mark served two combat deployments with his unit in Iraq, and served for years in Houston as an Air Sovereignty Alert pilot.

He is a native Texan. Grew up in the small rural town of Columbus, TX, attended the University of Texas in Austin, and married a fellow Longhorn. They have three children.

Mark's hobbies include hunting, shooting, ranching and reading. He says he is currently on a CIA and Special Forces kick.

In a message to Grayston L. Lynch, Mark writes:
Mr. Lynch,
Thank you for your many years of service protecting us from communism on the front line and in the shadows. Though we lost some battles, we won the war. I look forward reading more of your books.

To Mark and all the members of our military services
On this July 4th, Independence Day, we at War of Wits Publishing, Ltd. would like to thank Mark and all the members of our military services for their service to our country and for helping to keep America free and safe. No one can appreciate their sacrifice more than Gray, who served in WWII, Korea, and Laos and with the CIA. God bless you all and may he bring you home safe.

pic credit: Jim Dibbs

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