Retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Service Corps Officer, Nancy McDaniel grew to appreciate the contributions of United States military personnel. A native of the Olympic Peninsula, she became familiar with the old forts at an early age and became curious about the personal stories of people who served there and the historical significance of these installations. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and subsequently earned a master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel in 1997. She also authored, "The Snohomish Tribe of Indians--Our Heritage our People", published in 2004. She resides in Chimacum, Washington with husband Colonel (Ret) Glenn L. Davis, numerous horses, cats, and a dog.