The Author is a former Tank Company Commander, airborne trooper, and commercial diver. He had the record for deepest working dive (Wasp & Jim, armored diving suits) from 1982 to 2000. He was a pilot for Alvin, a manned scientific submersible operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. And is currently a director at a oceanographic research institute, but will retire in December 2015. The Author is an American of Basque decent.