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Addiction, Anxiety, Air traffic control, Cold war memoir, Firsthand accounts of Canadian military, Military life / military family life, Royal Canadian Air Force
Cold War Controller
Air Force Shenanigans
David N. Penley
Cold War Controller is the compelling memoir of a Canadian Air Force Officer who started off in the junior ranks as a radar technician and later qualified as air traffic controller during the Cold War 1970s and 1980s. Presented as a highly readable collection of vignettes, this volume is chock full of air force history, human interest twists, hilarious pranks, exciting chills and spills of operational flying, situations of the bizarre and unexplainable, and impressions of air force culture. This fascinating collection of anecdotes will interest anyone intrigued by aviation, military history, flying stories, radar technology, self-achievement, the military family, and the overcoming of mental health problems. Learn from Sparky’s mistakes as he begins to succumb to the effects of chronic stress, alcohol dependency, and fear, and yet overcomes his demons to heal and go on learning and working successfully in the Air Force for many more years. Eventually he would end up as a military mental health counsellor.
Author David Nelson Penley is a retired Air Force Officer. He was raised as a base brat by an Air Force family in the fifties and sixties and went on to seek his own military career. Early in his military career, David developed an operational stress injury and a serious alcohol problem. After going to rehab in 1978 David made it his goal to help others with addictions and mental health problems. He is father to seven grown children and has twelve grandchildren. David has been writing for ten years and Cold War Controller is his second book. David has worked all across Canada as a Radar Technician, Air Traffic Controller, and military Social Work Officer; and having retired from the forces in 2009, is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in Trenton, Ontario specializing in treating other veterans with operational stress injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
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