Charles W. Sasser

Charles Sasser is a freelance writer, journalist and photographer who has worked on more than 50 books, including Predator: The Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan. He served in the U.S. navy as a combat correspondent and in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He has also worked as a homicide detective, climbed Mount Rainier, run with the bulls in Spain, and ridden camels in the Egyptian desert.

"Everyone had expected the war to drag out for months or more and claimed thousands of American lives. Instead, the northern air was considered over. This was my last sortie. The 55th Wing, after three weeks in combat, would begin redeployment to Offutt Air Force Base on April 17.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Instead of occupying a box seat to watch history unfold, I should have been a fighter pilot taking on my part of the war, sharing the risks and making history. What none of us realized at the time was that Operation Iraqi Freedom was far from over."

– Matt J. Martin with Charles Sasser, Predator: The Remote-Control Air War over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot's Story