Behind the Man Behind the Badge: They always said to me, "And what did you do?"

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Author House, Jun 25, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 132 pages
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"Behind the Man Behind the Badge" is a collection of short stories recounting what I did as the wife of a Special Agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Or, as the world knows it today---NCIS. A special agent's job is not only very demanding but at times the cases are extremely sensitive and secretive. So, as a wife living in this environment, I had to find my own way in each new country where we were assigned. Since, NCIS is attached to various military offices in each country, many of the stories involve activities with both American and foreign military personnel. I also explain how I had to adjust to military life as a civilian, one who had never been exposed to military life before. When my husband retired and we finally returned to the United States, friends and relatives would listen to my husband's intriguing tales of adventure. Then invariably they would turn to me and say, "And what did you do?" Occasionally, I would have the chance to tell one of my favorite stories. But before long they were eagerly asking my husband to tell them another story of intrigue. My own tales of intrigue, though none of them are super-secret types, cover---The Week I Went to War, To Sir With Love, My Nights in the Brothel, One for the Grinch, Modern Conveniences, Titillating Tidbits---just to name a few. The stories are written with subtle humor, compassion, and honesty, and relate my adventures of living in foreign countries. So, now, this is my way of telling what it was really like, "Behind the Man Behind the Badge."
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
11
Section 4
16
Section 5
20
Section 6
25
Section 7
29
Section 8
33
Section 13
59
Section 14
63
Section 15
68
Section 16
73
Section 17
77
Section 18
82
Section 19
87
Section 20
93

Section 9
37
Section 10
41
Section 11
44
Section 12
53
Section 21
98
Section 22
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Section 23
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About the author (2010)

Bev Brannon is the wife of a retired NCIS Special Agent. She was born and raised in southern California, attended a local college, and was working for a large public utility company when she met the man she would marry. Seven days after they were wed he left for Vietnam, and one year later she found herself living in a foreign country. Her husband's twenty-eight year career with NCIS took them to the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Italy and England. From those home bases she was fortunate to travel most of Asia and Europe. Since her husband's work kept him extremely busy and away from home a great deal of the time, she was left alone approximately eighty-percent of the time. The day-to-day issues, and the traumatic ones, were left for her to handle. She had to deal with the water-boy who provided bottled drinking water, the "Benjo" cleaner who cleaned the septic tank, the repairmen who thought American women didn't know what they were talking about, and of course all the shop keepers. In a foreign country this proved to be quite challenging. Her first priority in each country was to learn the language. And she did---enough to communicate and to find her way around. She explored each new region until she knew all the back-alleys, and then she and her husband found themselves leading their friends and co-workers on weekend jaunts into the countryside. The fifteen-plus years she lived overseas has provided her with numerous stories. Her ability to tell a great story is guaranteed to lead our emotions through tears of laughter to tears of sadness. Always letting us see through her eyes the wonderful experiences she enjoyed as the wife of an NCIS Agent.

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