Behind the scenes of any international military confrontation, a dedicated team of warfighters labors around the clock to support the operational commander's mission. These men and women come from all walks of life and professions -- career warriors, logisticians, engineers, information systems experts, doctors, lawyers, chaplains, public affairs officers; brand new sailors, mid-career hopefuls, and seasoned veterans. Their stories seldom appear in national media. They don't carry weapons. They don't sail the ships, fly the airplanes, drop the bombs, or storm the beaches. Look for them behind desks and computers aboard the most sophisticated floating command and control platform in the world, the fleet flagship. Armed with a myriad of complex and redundant technologies, these modern warriors bring to bear their collective training, knowledge, and expertise to inform the fleet commander's critical decisions -- high stakes judgments that must either avert war altogether, or guarantee victory if the shooting does start.
The committed men and women on a fleet commander's staff work in a harsh and stressful environment, separated from families, loved ones, and comforts of home. Like all who travel the road of the human condition, each one has a unique story -- of joy and pain, love and disappointed love, hopes and fears, triumph and tragedy. Amid the realities of war and threat of war, their human stories become all the more provocative and inspirational. The fictional FLAGSHIP! series is about those stories.