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JEFF HEIN
Author of  The Cimbrian War series

The epic saga of an ancient people’s fight for survival .

Jeff grew up in Highbridge, Wisconsin and is a 1981 graduate of Mellen High School. After school he attended Trans-American School of Broadcasting in Wausau, then enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry and spent the next twenty years serving around the world.

His tours included a year in South Korea where as an Infantry Team Leader, he patrolled in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South Korea. As a Squad Leader, he served in West Germany, patrolling the border with East Germany and his unit was tasked with protecting the Fulda Gap, the traditional invasion route from eastern Europe. Jeff was deployed to Saudi Arabia as a Platoon Sergeant in support of Operation Desert Shield and participated in the invasion of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. He served two tours in Bosnia-Herzegovina as a Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant where his unit helped to enforce the Dayton Accords, the peace agreement that separated combatants in Bosnia. Jeff was a Brigade Intelligence Section Sergeant during the 9/11 attacks and prepared his unit for deployment to Iraq during the beginning stages of the Global War on Terror. Jeff retired in 2002 as an Infantry First Sergeant and returned to Wisconsin.

Jeff and his wife Dawn lived in Park Falls, Wisconsin for twelve years where Jeff worked several jobs before serving as the Price County Emergency Management Director. Jeff assisted local emergency services with the transition to post 9/11 radio communications and upgrades. He wrote grants and conducted trainings that enhanced communications and capabilities, including mass-casualty events, HAZMAT events, and the H1N1 pandemic and served as an emergency management consultant with local hospitals and schools.

Jeff left emergency management to continue his education and after graduating with degrees in Supervisory Management and Business Management, he taught Supervisory Management at Northcentral Technical College in Phillips, Wisconsin for five years.

While in Park Falls, Jeff’s wife Dawn owned and operated Dawn’s Daycare, and later, Peace Lutheran Daycare Center. During this time Jeff became a Wisconsin certified daycare administrator. Jeff and Dawn also became foster parents for seven years and had the privilege of helping dozens of kids in need. Jeff was a member of the Park Falls American Legion post 182 and served as the treasurer of the Park Falls Veterans Alliance for more than ten years.

After moving to Medford, Wisconsin Jeff served as the Taylor County Veteran Service Officer for six years. Jeff had the privilege of meeting and assisting Taylor County veterans to access the benefits they earned with their honorable military service, as well as their dependents and survivors. Jeff has often said that next to the military, this was the most rewarding and satisfying job he has ever had. Jeff now serves as the Adjutant of the Medford American Legion post 147 and is a lifetime member of the Medford Veteran of Foreign Wars post 5729.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jeff decided it was time to move to the next phase in his life which was retiring from the workplace and pursuing a new challenge. He decided to follow his passion of writing and completed his first novel, “The Cimbri Appear”. Jeff writes historical fiction based on ancient writings and modern archeological discoveries. He loves to weave the story together with known facts and plausible fiction that fills in the blanks and could very well have been how things happened, keeping the reader engaged, while staying as true as possible to actual history.