Joseph W. Connaughton, Tales of the 319th, with Jennifer Jones, Edmond, Oklahoma

Author Joseph Connaughton (Tales of the 319th, Ardent Writer Press, December 2014) met his cover designer, illustrator Jennifer Jones of Edmond, Oklahoma, in a pleasant meeting at his home in Huntsville, Alabama during the Christmas holidays.

Jennifer’s son, Hunter, came along for the ride to meet the old bombardier who recently published the memoir of his and his fellow aviators’ exploits during WWII.  The 319th fought in North Africa, Europe and the Pacific.  Tales of the 319th is on sale at online outlets across the world.

Jennifer Jones, Cover Designer for Tales of the 319th, with Joe Connaughton, Author

Jennifer Jones, Cover Designer for Tales of the 319th, with Joe Connaughton, Author

Jennifer and Hunter Jones with Author Joseph Connaughton

Jennifer and Hunter Jones with Author Joseph Connaughton

 

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.