Almost A Spy

A Civilian with U.S. Army Special Services

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Photo: Austin Pinckney

Photo: Austin Pinckney

After refusing the National Security Agency’s offer to work intelligence stateside, Joanie Walker instead chose a civilian slot with U.S. Army Special Services, which landed her over fifty years ago at the dangerous edge of West Germany.

“If the ‘balloon goes up,’ we’ll hang out the window and wave at the Russian tanks going by,” characterized her concern level when she lived within sight of the East German border. In her mid-twenties, with important morale work to accomplish, she focused on providing thousands of military personnel with off-duty time recreational programs, tours, and entertainment, especially for those men patrolling the East-West boundary day and night.

Drafted to Deceive, based on her European adventures, is Joanie’s first novel.

Always a writer, Joanie majored in English at The College of William & Mary. She served as public relations and publications director at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Virginia. Over her career, she wrote and edited several newsletters, alumni publications and published articles in national periodicals.

Bindlach Service Club Director

Bindlach Service Club Director

Representation: Jonathan Clements - Wheelhouse Literary

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