David Pickering is a retired Canadian Forces non-commissioned officer with 20 years of service. He is also a founding brother and Chief Support Officer of the Humanitarian aid NGO; The 1st New Allied Expeditionary Force. His military service included training in communications and electronics engineering and military mechanical engineering. During his time in several NATO heavy Tank units, as qualified “Combat Leader”, he trained both new recruits and junior officers in armored combat and support operations. He has been awarded the United Nations Decoration for peacekeeping operations, and the Canadian Forces Decoration for his years of honorable service. Since leaving the military, David has served as Chief Engineer with some of the world’s largest manufacturers. He also a Military Science Fiction fan and sometimes writer.