Major Randolph, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Plans and Programs, chief, Force Application and Mission Support branches, wrote a fiction adventure novel, Deception’s Guard.
Maj. Jacqueline Randolph reviews her first novel, Deception's Guard.
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Don’t let her uniform and smile deceive you, there’s more to Maj. Jacqueline Randolph than meets the eye.
Most people have talents or hobbies that fill their off-duty time. But for Major Randolph, that talent not only satisfies her desire to share her experiences it also brings in some added income.
Major Randolph, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Plans and Programs, chief, Force Application and Mission Support branches, wrote a fiction adventure novel, Deception’s Guard, in her off-duty time that was published in 2003. “I have had so many adventures and experiences that are not normal and I knew I had to share them,” said the major.
Previous coworkers are aware of her sharing personality. “She used to bring in pictures from all of her exciting adventures to Africa, Alaska, Mexico and other places,” said Master Sgt. Dean Schmid, who worked with Major Randolph at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
“I was able to draw on my personal experiences in various countries, cultures and environments so I didn’t have to conduct any research. I already knew the sights, smells and conditions of where the story takes place.”
Originally, the major assumed she’d get time to share her story when she was 80 and sitting in a rocking chair, but one morning she awoke with the story in her head and had to write it down.
“I sat down and started handwriting the story from my head but after 20 pages I moved to the computer and finished putting the story into words on paper,” she said.
Major Randolph was able to write her story in just four days, significantly less than writing a novel as depicted in the movies.
“I already had the whole story in my mind,” she said. “I was able to draw on my personal experiences in various countries, cultures and environments so I didn’t have to conduct any research. I already knew the sights, smells and conditions of where the story takes place.”
Some of those experiences occurred when Major Randolph was an enlisted C-130 aircrew loadmaster during the first couple years of her 14-year Air Force career. Since then she has amassed a variety of experiences and stories when she served as a missile launch officer, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies at two Mississippi colleges, a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol and in her various space positions to include GPS satellite senior instructor.
Her Air Force career not only helped her by providing the opportunity to have a variety of experience but also instilled values and traits that her semi-biographical lead character portrays.
“The Air Force instills integrity, loyalty and devotion to duty in all of us. By writing this book I was able to reinforce those behaviors in myself and in the lead character,” she said.
Major Randolph, although currently working on the sequel to her debut novel and aspiring to write more, is not looking to leave her Air Force roots to flame her writing passion.
“I love to serve and that’s why I’m in the Air Force. I also serve in the community with a youth group home, hospice and domestic abuse organizations. It’s my passion to serve and I will continue to serve the greatest nation in the world,” she said.
“Just put the pen to paper and write it. You can make it pretty later, just get your story on paper!”
She plans to continue serving her readers with her sequel, which is due out this summer, and two more in the Deception series.
“There are so many other experiences I want to share,” she said.
She said she hopes to continue writing after she’s finished with the series so she can pull on her experiences in the Mississippi Delta.
In the meantime, Major Randolph still wears her uniform every day and continues to serve her country and fellow Americans. But she’s not the same officer she was prior to writing this book.
“This experience [writing this novel] has given me the opportunity to encourage others to pursue their dreams.
Whether it is sky diving, fencing, sports car racing or taking a mission trip, I feel I’m better able to motivate people to go after their dreams,” she said.
Her experience alone has motivated some.
“She has a major impact on all she comes in contact with,” said Sergeant Schmid. “She takes the time to get to know everyone.”
Sergeant Schmid said she continues to inspire him when he sees her accomplishing all that she does despite a hectic schedule and various demands. His wife may be soon thanking her as well, as the major encouraged him and his wife to try ballroom dancing.
As for folks with similar dreams of having a book on the bookshelf at the local bookstore she said just do it.
“Just put the pen to paper and write it. You can make it pretty later, just get your story on paper!” she advised.