President Ferdinand Marcos had ruled the Philippines with an iron grip, accompanied by widespread graft and his signature corruption for close to twenty years prior to my arrival at Subic Bay. Marcos had over time siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid provided by the United States as…

Early summer 1987, found me leaving my assignment in the Philippines. A mixture of excitement and concern marked my departure. My year and a half duty assignment at Subic, had without question, been an unbelievable adventure. Providing intelligence assistance during the New People’s Revolution, delivering firearms to Japanese Yakuza Members…

The word “Espionage”, along with all things associated with it, brings to mind “cloaks and daggers” accompanied by “shadowy figures”. Danger, drama and intrigue closely follow to set a stage wherein “perception” becomes the reality.

The Naval Investigative Service (N.I.S.) maintains jurisdiction and responsibility for the investigation of all felony…

Fireworks centered on the transition of Presidential power had barely flamed out in Manilla. The New People’s Revolution had seated Aquino as the new President of the Philippines, and the former President, Ferdinand Marcos, was settling into his new home in Hawaii. Adjustment to my new duty station at Subic…

Management by chaos had become the norm for the N.I.S. Office at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune. Located on the eastern shore of North Carolina, Lejeune is geographically one of the largest military installations in the country. …

It was late November, 1984 and we had spent the week before Thanksgiving at Deer Camp in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Hunting season was set to close and as we sat by the campfire memories of hunting seasons past flickered off the fires flames. I had moved to Oklahoma after graduating…

USS Blue Ridge

By mid summer 1990, I was pushing towards five years as an Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Recent assignment to U.S. Marine Corp, New River Air Station, as the Senior Agent, had initially resolved the theatrical atmosphere endured at N.C.I.S. …

It was April, 1970, and Charlie Company was continuing combat operations in the mountainous area adjacent to Fire Bases Granite and Maureen. Capt. Mark Smith had taken over the company on 20 March, when the company had walked off Fire Base Granite. Capt. Smith’s call sign was Zippo and his…

Stephen Smith

Veteran of Vietnam, P.I. during The Peoples Revolution, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and the War on Terror. Retired NCIS Special Agent.

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