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Author and speaker Jeffrey CopelandHello, and welcome!

Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Jeffrey Copeland, and I write everything from nonfiction books to textbooks — for folks of all ages.

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Again, welcome — and enjoy!—JSC

Coming in 2020:

Lt. Elsie Ott’s Top Secret Mission

Lt. Elsie Ott’s Top Secret Mission

Lt. Elsie Ott’s historic, top secret mission in January 1943 helped pave the way for dramatic changes in the way wounded an ill soldiers received vital care: aeromedical evacuation. Lt. Ott was given the task of transporting five critically ill and wounded patients from Karachi, India, to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. The mission unfolded over 13,000 miles and six and a half days by air transport, a journey that at the time normally would have averaged three and a half months by truck, ship, and train.

During the groundbreaking journey, Lt. Ott and her patients faced German Fighters, guerilla snipers, altitude challenges, logistical nightmares, and more. In the end, her efforts provided the foundation for a new “Flight Evacuation Nurse” program that sent hundreds of nurses to the air, saving the lives of thousands of soldiers the remainder of the war. For her bravery, determination, and courage, Lt. Ott was the first woman to be awarded the Army Air Medal.