Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Sparks retired as the Deputy Director of the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division of the 601 Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida in 2011. Lt Col Sparks accumulated over 35 years of service as an enlisted person and officer in the US Air Force and Air National Guard. Lt Col Sparks began his Air Force career as an enlisted Weather Observer. Lt Col Sparks began his Officer and Intelligence career in Tactical Reconnaissance and ended in Air Defense. While Director of Intelligence at the Southeast Air Defense Sector, he was named First Air Force Outstanding Air Reserve Component Intelligence, Field Grade Officer of the Year, Level II – 2000. Lt Col Sparks has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Lt Col Sparks maintained a TS/SCI Clearance throughout his Intelligence Career. Lt Col Sparks is an aspiring author. The title of his first novel is One Cowrie Shell.