Author: Walt Brinker

Walt Brinker graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an infantry second lieutenant. His Army career included two combat tours in Vietnam, tactics instructor at the US Army Infantry School, troop duty in Germany and the US, Command and General Staff College, and a tour at the Pentagon on the Army Staff, working to field the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and modernize the Army’s infantry battalions. He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. Military awards include Silver Star, two Bronze Stars for valor, two Bronze Stars for service, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne wings, Army Staff Identification Badge, and two awards of the Legion of Merit. After retiring from the Army, he settled in Katy, Texas, working in management positions for two security companies, and as a project controls engineer for a large engineering and construction company. In 2010 he moved to Eastover, North Carolina, to live near grandchildren, and worked as a project manager in nearby Fayetteville. Over the years since 1980 he has been providing free-of-charge roadside assists as a hobby. His hobby has been featured in a local magazine article and two newspapers: The Houston Chronicle, and The Fayetteville Observer, which runs his monthly vignettes describing actual assists and how readers can avoid such situations. He wrote this short book after deciding it was time to try to empower as many others as possible to avoid vehicle breakdowns and becoming stranded.

My book, “Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns”, is now in final stages of design with CreateSpace/Amazon.  I anticipate it’ll be ready for sale by mid-February, 2014, through Amazon and other sources.

The images on this website are extracts from the book’s draft, providing examples of the book’s content, which includes some 56 pictures and illustrations with captions.  The print version will be in black-and-white, while full color will be available soon thereafter for Kindle Fire.

Walt Brinker