William E. Dempsey, Author
William began his military career as an electronics technician in the navy. He served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Blandy (DD 943) and as an electronics instructor at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, during the early nineteen-sixties.
Bill left the navy after one enlistment, and began a career in electronics maintenance and sales. Twelve-years later, he returned to college as a physics major, earning a BS in physiological optics and a doctor of optometry degree.
Returning to the military, he practiced clinical optometry for ten years, first in the army, then the air force. Transitioning to staff work after graduating from Air Command and Staff College, Bill completed two headquarters tours, first as chief of combat casualty care analysis, on the Air Staff (HQ USAF), then as an emergency action officer, on the staff of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, in the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center.
In his final active duty assignment, Bill served as the flight commander, USAF Medical Readiness Training Center at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He retired from active duty in 1997 and became manager, air force security forces officer training courses, Lackland AFB, Texas.
He and his wife, Kathleen, both retired in 2005 and returned to Central Florida where he began writing historical fiction, based on his wide variety of military experiences.
Bill is a member of the U.S.S. Blandy Association, Military Officers Association of America, U.S. Naval Institute, Florida Writers Association, Daytona Writers Group, and the Daytona Area Writers.