Suntree author looks at changing America


We've come a long way, baby, in these past 50 years, and Suntree author Don Gilleland explores all these changes in “America, a Cultural Enigma,” by Black Rose Writing. Gilleland’s own life is extremely bookworthy. The career soldier enjoyed eight years in the Navy, 22 years as a commissioned officer with the Air Force and seven years in joint assignments in the Army.

“There are very few of us who did this,” he said.

“I’m what the Navy calls a mustang.”

His varied military duties included accompanying search-and-recovery teams to bring back the bodies of MIAs in Vietnam.

“It helped bring closure to many families,” he said.

On a lighter note, his last job was as Air Force chief of public affairs for the Western United States, a position that placed him an advisory capacity during the development of motion pictures such as the ABC miniseries “Call to Glory,” starring Craig T. Nelson.

He lived in 29 countries on four continents before retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He is a frequent contributor to many East Central Florida publications.

Encouraged to write his first book by well-published Brevard author Marshall Frank, Gilleland set out on a trip through a seismic memory lane of changes in our society.

“It is not unusual to hear someone yearn for “the good old days,” wrote Gilleland.

“That usually means the 1950s or 1960s.  I have news for those people.  The good old days were not nearly as good as they might remember them.” 

It might not have been that wonderful a time, but the past half century has certainly been interesting, and Gilleland explores the amazing evolution of America socially, culturally and technologically in the past 50 years.

Don Gilleland’s “America, A Cultural Enigma”($17.95) is available at The book is soon expected to be available through and other major book e-retailers.

The author will discuss his book and sign copies at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge. VV