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Founder. Lieutenant Colonel Keith E. Bonn, USA (1956-2005). An infantry officer with extensive tactical experience in various command and staff positions in airborne, infantry, light infantry and joint units in Korea, Central America, and the continental United States. A ranger and master parachutist, he earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) with a concentration in the German language, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in European history, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in International history. His doctoral dissertation became the basis for his first book, When the Odds Were Even: The Vosges Mountains Campaign, October 1944-January 1945 (Presidio, 1994). He authored the 48th, 49th, and 50th editions of The Army Officer's Guide (Stackpole Books, 1999, 2002, and 2005). With Master Sergeant Tony Baker, Bonn co-authored A Guide to Military Operations Other Than War (Stackpole Books, 2000). Bonn taught various core and upper-division elective courses in history during a three-year assignment to the Department of History at USMA.
Lieutenant Colonel Bonn passed away in December 2005 after a sudden illness. His guiding spirit lives on in our staff and network of historical and military consultants as we work to maintain the standard of excellence he set. It is the legacy he leaves us.
Editor-in-Chief. Patricia Bonn. With 26 years in the book publishing industry, the last 8 in the military history field exclusively, Mrs. Bonn has taken over editorship of The Aberjona Press. After receiving her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State University, Mrs. Bonn began her publishing career in sales and marketing with International Thomson Publishing Company. She has worked in all phases of production for numerous publishers, including Thomson, Random House, and Scott-Foresman. Her military research and development work includes revising parts of the last three editions of The Army Officer's Guide (Stackpole, 1999, 2002, 2005), authored by Keith Bonn. Mrs. Bonn's work with primary source documents at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, and the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, has, among other things, helped established the 100th Infantry Division Archives at the George C. Marshall Museum and Library in Lexington, Virginia.
Office Manager. Susan Leppert. Mrs. Leppert combines her methodical organizational skills with her enthusiasm for history as she runs the day-to-day operations of the company. Previously she was the director of the Fort Bedford Museum, Bedford, Pennsylvania, which focused on the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War periods in American history. She has expanded on her passion for history to the World War II era with her work with us, and to the Civil War era as a Civil War reenactor.
European Literary and Historical Consultant. Lise Pommois. An accomplished historian and widely recognized friend of US Army veterans returning to France to retrace their wartime routes, Madame Pommois received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Sorbonne. She retired as a teacher of English in 2001, and is concentrating on her research and writing projects. Her introduction to her first American combat veterans in 1984 sparked what has become a passionate interest in the fighting in Alsace during the War. Since then, she has provided extensive support to both public and private commemorative activities, including her instrumental role in the preparations for the 60th anniversary celebrations of WWII in 2005 and countless instances of liaison and consultation with US Army veterans' groups and local, department, and national government offices in France. A member of the Cercle d'Histoire et d'Archeologie d'Alsace du Nord, she has also written numerous major articles and books about the liberation of Alsace, including Winter Storm: War in Northern Alsace, November 1944-March 1945 (Turner, 1991). Every year she travels to the US and attends unit reunions; she is an honorary member of the 36th and 42d Infantry and 14th Armored Division Associations and an associate member of many others (3rd, 63rd, 70th Infantry Divisions, and the 12th Armored Division Association). Currently, she has three books planned: one, already well underway, about the Natzwiller concentration camp (the only concentration camp in France during WWII); the second about French First Army operations in the High Vosges and Colmar Pocket in late 1944/early 1945; and the third about the battle for Rimling, also in the Vosges Campaign.
Militaria Consultant. Lieutenant Commander Ron Wolin, USN (Retired) A serious collector of German and American 20th century military artifacts since the early 1960s. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Boston University, and served in the US Navy for over 25 years as both a rating and line officer on destroyers, cruisers, amphibians, and patrol boats; he commanded a ten-boat river patrol boat (PBR) unit in Vietnam. Since his retirement from active duty in 1980, he has been a full-time dealer of militaria, with a very active retail and mail order business in Hampton Roads, Virginia. A member of the American Society of Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC), he also purveys his wares at 18-20 major militaria shows per year. In the four decades in which he has been seriously collecting, he has developed an international reputation for integrity and fair-dealing, and an especially well-regarded expertise in WWII items: several well-known German dealers acquire many of their Third Reich pieces from him!
Security and Research Consultant. W. Scott Hatten. A former Regular Army infantry NCO and current intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve, he worked as a counterintelligence NCO in Germany and the States before earning his commission. Scott holds a B.A. in History from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Lieutenant Colonel John A. "Jack" English, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian Army (Retired). Holds a B.S. from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, and a Ph.D. from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. An Associate with the International Institute for Strategic Studies. An expert in World War II history, Lieutenant Colonel English is the author of The Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign: A Study of Failure in High Command (Praeger, 1991); and Marching Through Chaos (Praeger). He co-authored On Infantry with Bruce I. Gudmundsson (Praeger, 1994). He teaches for the Royal Military College at Kingston, Ontario.
Captain Steven C. Myers, USN (Retired) A 32+-year career cryptologist, Captain Myers has bachelor's degrees in German and Political Science ('68) from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. As a codebreaker and linguist (Russian, Polish, Spanish), he brings a maritime flavor to Aberjona. During the tumultuous early 1980s, he commanded a collection and analysis station in Central America, and has in-depth tactical intelligence experience in joint-combined, airborne, surface warship and submarine cryptologic operations. He lived in Europe for almost a decade; in one assignment, he was a joint liaison officer to West German military intelligence and electronic warfare organizations. In his last tour of duty he directed a national strategic operations center serving senior decision makers in the Washington, DC area and at joint headquarters around the world. An aspiring writer and WWII buff, his experience and talents dovetail nicely with Aberjona's mission.
Lieutenant Colonel John O'Brien, USA (Retired). A career infantry and intelligence officer with extensive tactical experience in Europe, Central America, and the continental U.S. Holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in American History from St. Louis University, an M.M.A.S. (Master of Military Arts and Sciences) from the Army Command and General Staff College, as a result of graduation from the prestigious School of Advanced Military Studies(SAMS). Currently the historian at the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, he is also an adjunct professor of history at Austin Peay University, he has been admitted as a candidate for the Ph.D. in American History at St. Louis University.
Mr. Terrence Poulos. Mr. Poulos holds a B.A. in Modern History from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in International History from the University of Chicago, and is a doctoral candidate there under Professor Michael Geyer. Mr. Poulos's most recent work is Extreme War: The Military Book Club's Encyclopedia of the Biggest, Fastest, Bloodiest, & Best in Warfare was created as a Military Book Club exclusive and is now available from Kensington Publishing. Mr. Poulos' co-edited the critically-acclaimed WWII memoir, The Final Crisis: Combat in Northern Alsace, January 1945, by the late Richard Engler.
Cartographer. Staff Sergeant Thomas L. Houlihan, III, USMC (Retired). With a varied career beginning in the US Navy, Marine Infantry, Security Forces, and Air Wing, Staff Sergeant Houlihan has a wide array of military knowledge and experience. Drawing on his long-time interest in military history, he serves as Aberjona's primary cartographer. With a B.S. in criminal justice from Mt. Olive College, he currently serves as a deputy sheriff in Michigan.
Graphics Specialist. Alyssia Levesque. A graphic artist with extensive experience as command illustrator for the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, whose still and animated work has been the visual substance of countless four-star presentations before national military and industrial audiences, as well as both houses of Congress. Ms. Levesque is a graduate of the Defense Visual Information School, and is completing a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf's College.
Internet Consulting. Mercersburg Printing has been providing Aberjona Press with printing products for more than four years and now provides us with technology services as well.
Information System Specialists. The Reuters consist of husband and wife team of Chuck and Jennifer Reuter. They bring to The Aberjona Press a combined total of over 40 years of graphic arts, web development, hardware and software installations delivered in a timely and professional manner.