Col McKay, USMC (Ret) was reared in Latin America, enlisting in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1962. He was appointed from the ranks to the S. Naval Academy, and commissioned a second lieutenant of USMC infantry in 1968. He saw action in three wars. He was twice wounded. An Olmsted Scholar (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), he holds Masters’ Degrees from Georgetown University and the National War College, Washington, D.C. His last command, 1995-96, was Joint Task Force 160 (JTF-160), S. Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He retired from active service in 1999. He consults and writes.