Jack Bonafide is an agent with the CIA.
When we first meet him, recorded in the first novella, the year is 1980 and Bonafide is a First Sergeant with the still new, just three years since its inception, Delta Force. He had come to Delta from the ranks of the Rangers back when Delta was not yet official and was a proud member of that group.
Bonafide was part of the Delta team that was dispatched to the coast of Iran to be flown into Tehran to rescue the Iranian Hostages. He watched in disbelief when the mission went pear-shaped with a helicopter-airplane collision that not only took several lives in that horrific moment but also doomed the rescue mission completely.
After that a brief but highly educational temporary assignment to work in Israel alongside one of that country's most elite fighting forces. It would be working with them that he got the first piece of data about a terrifying plan underway by the Soviets. That experience and the desire to put an end to the Russian scheme would cause another career change, this time to go to work for the Agency. Even as he trades his camo for civilian clothes, Bonafide knows he will miss the people he served with and the Army itself, a home for him since he signed up years before at 17.
It will be as an operative with the CIA that most of the action we follow him in takes place. He will become part of the Agency's paramilitary force which will make use of the many years of combat training he possesses while working in environments where the government cannot or will not officially operate.